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The Gospei Messenger 



Vol. 27. Old Series. 



Mt M oms, 111, and Huntingdon, Pa., Jan. 1, 1889. 



No. 1. 



The Gospel Messenger 




Eld. Valentine Blocqh, of Somerset, *., 
gave us a short call od his return from Lancaster 
Co., Pa., where ho had been holding some meet- 
ings. He reports large meetings with good at- 
tendance. 

Eld. James A. Sell was at Elizabethtown, Lan- 
caster Co., Pa., and preached the dedicatory ser- 
mon of a new church just completed at that place. 
It is a large brick building and will seat about 
twelve hundred people. 

Eld. W. J. Swigakt made a short visit to Som- 
erset Co., Pa., last week. He did some preaching 
while there, and was pleased with the brotherly 
spirit exercised towards him. The Brethren 
church has a stronghold in that county, and we 
hope that they may not only retain that which 
they have, but greatly enlarge their power and in- 
fluence for good. 



Bro. Myers, one of the Normal students, 
preached a very acceptable sermon at Ardenheim, 
one of our regular places for preaching, about two 
miles from town. He feels that the literary drill 
received while at school has been quite an advant- 
age to him in his ministerial work. We have a 
large number of ministers that would be greatly 
benefited by spending several terms, or a year or 
two, at school. 

Bro. G. Wine, of Spring Creek, Va., says "that 
they met on the first Sabbath of the month at the 
old Beaver Creek church, where four precious 
souls were buried with Christ in baptism, to walk 
in newness of life." This manner of expression is 
often used by our reporters, and how we wish it 
truly expressed the real condition of those to 
whom it refers! A new life ought to follow, but, 
sad to Bay, much of the old often remains. 

"EIGHTY- NINE." 

The tide of time has been shifting us onward, 
and, we hope, somewhat upward. Spring-time, 
summer, autumn and winter have come and gone, 
and with their passing we have bid farewell to 
eighty-eight and welcomed in eighty-nine. To us 
the year tided over has been a year among years, 
—not that God's providences have been ill to us, 
but strange and unlooked for. We are sometimes 
disappointed and cast down because we do not un- 
derstand the Lord's ways, and do not give him the 
credit for the wisdom which is beyond our com- 
prehension. The glass through which we look is 
, too dark for our vision, and because we can not 
see through it we make pictures of our own on 
this side, which are often rubbed off that we may, 
by the eye of faith, view the glory of that which 
. God has made real on the other side. Could we 
but see the "over there," our soul's language 
would not be, "Lord, give us back that which 
thou hsBt taken, but let us also go over." No, we 



shall not complain. We Tenovo the Lord is good 
in all his dealings with us, and let our prayer be, 
"Not my will, but thine, be done." 

While eighty-eight had its clouds and dark 
days, it also gave us light and Bunshine. And, as 
we welcome in eighty-nine, we see the light in the 
clouds growing brighter because it brings us near- 
er to that light. The object of our pursuit is not 
behind us, but before. We grieve not for the road 
left behind us, because we do not expect to retrace 
our steps; we are moving onward and homeward. 
During the year of the severe drought in Western 
Kansas, we were, one day, on the train, traveling 
eastward from Dodge City. We got into conver- 
sation with a lady who, as she related it to us, had 
left all on the sterile prairies and was on her 
way back to the East. Her husband was also on 
the way, driving the team, with what little house- 
hold goods they had. They invested their all, 
three hundred dollars, in land, had been trying to 
farm for four years, and, getting nothing, they 
were literally starved out. We asked what they 
did with the farm. " O, we left that; don't want 
to see it again,- all we care for is to got back 
home,— wouldn't go back again if we were to get 
the whole country." So it was with us when we 
were in the kingdom of sin. We stayed there till 
we were starved out. We had our possessions 
there and were trying to get rich, but the longer 
we remained the poorer we got, until even swine 
husks were to be had only through great sacrifice. 
Like this family, we left our real estate there and 
started for home, for the better kingdom. We are 
still on the way. And, as eighty-eight passed out, 
we measured three hundred and Bixty-six days of 
travel behind. We enter eighty-nine with joy 
and not with grief, because the city of our expec- 
tation is before us and we are still going on in the 
same direction. 

The church people of this and other lands owe 
much gratitude to the Dispenser of all good for 
the untold blessings of the past year, both tem- 
poral and spiritual. And a full appreciation of 
them may have much to do with what we shall be 
doing the year that we have now so lately entered. 
God's blessings have always been commensurate 
with the gratitude felt and expressed in the recep- 
tion of them. To him that giveth shall be given, 
and he that honoreth God, him will God honor. 

Of our experiences and work we have but little 
to say. We have tried to carry out our convic- 
tions of right, and do our duty as it seemed to be 
open before us. And in this same line we hope, 
by God's help, to continue. We feel especially to 
thank our many, brethren who have sent us their 
missives of good cheer and encouragement. 
These came to us as most fragrant flowers in their 
season, and were valued more highly than gifts of 
silver and gold. And we are happy to say that in 
all of our correspondence, during the year, we re- 
member of receiving but one letter that we 
thought was prompted through an unkind spirit, 
and that one went into the waste-basket, that its I 
contents might be forgotten as soon as possible. I 



Praying that the blessings of our Heavenly Fa- 
tiler may be on our paper, our church, and all her 
efforts to enlarge the kingdom of Christ in the 
world, we now wish to all of our readers for 
eighty-nine a happy and prosperous year. 

LEAVES FROM OUR NOTE-BOOK. 

Christians are represented as being the salt of 

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world a wry important one. Salt is useful, chief- 
ly beoause of its preservative qualities, and it was 
in view of this, that the Savior used it to illus- 
trate the relation of good people to the wicked. 
Christians preserve the world. It would not exist 
without them. At one time there was very little 

8alt (g • people) on the earth, not enough to 

preserve it, and that the salt might not be de- 
stroyed with the world, it was gathered into an 
ark. Noah and his family, the only Christians 
then living, were saved and the wicked were at- 

torly destroyed. This is a striking illustrati I' 

the rolations of Christians to the world. And yet 
Christians do nut fully realize this relation. Thoy 
<!'> not realize the value and worth of their exist- 
ence in the world, in consequence of their religion. 
The Savior, after the declaration, "Ye are the salt 
of the earth," immediately follows with an oxpla- 
of what his people would be without Chris- 
tianity. " But if the salt have lost his savour, 
th shall it be salted? It is thenceforth 
good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to bo 
trodden under foot of men." Salt without its sav- 
or is like Christianity in name only; it has no 
power, no preserving quality, and hence, like the 
sinner, is good for nothing, O the value of our 
Ghristianityl Without it we are nothing. With 
it, who can estimate our power? The basis of a 
most useful life is Christianity. And yet how few 
realize thisl The young man sets his mark high 
in the world. Ho wants to attain to eminence, 
bet he forgets that without Christianity ho is as 
salt thai has lost its savor. Th,- weakest Chris- 
tian is of more real value to the world than those 
of the greatest intellects, undirected by the power 
of Christianity. If you would be truly great and 
useful to the world, be a true, devoted Christian. 



We have recently learned that in certain locali- 
ties scarcely any of our brethren have erected the 
family altar, aud in many instances not even a 
blessing is a9ked at the table. There is certainly 
something wrong. Indeed, we should not be sur- 
prised if the ministry have neglected their duty. 
There is an old saying, "Like priest, like people," 
and it occurs to us that, if the ministry had set 
the proper example, and had taught the people 
their duty, such a state of affairs would not exist. 
These people have become very strict in form, 
but the true essence and spirit of Christianity are 
lacking. They need a revival. And so do many 
of our churches, especially those located in the 
rich and fertile valleys of the East. Remember 
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THE GOSPEL MESSENGER. 



Jbd. 1, 1889, 



^•ESSAYS* 



THE NEW YEAR. 

Over the threshold, a gallant new. comer 
Sleppeth will, tread Lhitt la royal to see; 

While as II, e winter llir.e, rosy as summer, 
Mope In his. ,.,.,.,, nnd his laugh rlngclh free. 

Lo! in l,is I, amis there ere gills oi ei Mowing, 
Promises, |,,o|ihi i If , nine in t,i . train ; 

O'er him the dawn In ils l„ .,,,(>• is glowing. 

I' led [nil, his pri sence the shadows of pain, 
llow shall we welcome him? shall we remember 

One who as royally came to our door 
Twelve months ago, when the winds of December 

.Moan,-, I In Hie tree-tops, and raved on the shore? 
lie, loo, hod largess ol ho, inly to offer; 

I le was as Smiling, as grndOUS Of mien ; 

Only the beautiful Bought lie lo proffer, 
(Inly such looks as were calm and serene. 

Now he has lied, and our hopes that have perished, 
Lovely ideals which never were found; 

]>reams that we followed, ami plans that we cherished, 
Lie, like Hie autumn haves, dead on the ground. 

So wilt thou cheat ui with Ign and with token, 

Sow-Ill thl i: v. , to I. Now ns on, 

T j le I . h, i ii ., hue that is broken, 

Till thy la- 1 , i ion is Med and gone. 
Nay! we are thankless, indeed, if we borrow 

Only the weary libretto of pain ; 
Find in the retrospeel nothing but sorrow, 

t-'ount up our year In the tones that complain; 
Surely we're stronger through faith and endeavor, 

Surely are richer In courage and love; 
Surely arc nearer the Infinite ever, 

Near, r 1 1,,- dear oni s who wait us above. 
Welcome, then, New Year, with stainless while pnges, 

Though we may hint litem ere long with our tears. 
So il has been through the lone passing ages, 

Worn wlfli the footprints of , lose-crowding jcars. 
Wi : weel year! may thy full-handed hours 

l ii"l i. like ,-. rvanls who wait for their I I, 

Using With earnest devotion our powers, 

Looking for Him and obeying 1 lis word. 



I'.V I. J. 110SEN0ERGE11. 

"Go ve therefore, and leach all nations, baptizing them in 
the name of the Father, ond of the Son, and of the Holy 
Ghost: leaching them to ol, serve all things whatsoever I 
have commanded you."— Mall. jS: ly-Jo. 

Drar Gospel Messenger:— 

Fob years you have been making long, rapid 
and untiring visits in bearing the great message 
of joy and gladness to many households. While 
the sweet story you have told proved oil and wine 
to many that were bruised; peace and comfort to 
the broken-hearted; freedom to many despondent 
in Bhacklesof sin; yet in this issue we send you 
forth on a Bpecial mission. We felt we could not 
do better than to preface our remarks with the 
text quoted above. The imperative language is 
" Go." Philip, Ananias and JVeter, in obedience 
to divine command, had to " Go." 

Although people have the Gospel, yet they 
must be taught. The eunuch had the Scriptures, 
and was reading, yet he needed a teacher. So it 
is with the world to-day. Besides, there are false 
teachers, false doctrines, and falso Christs in the 
world. Their influence must be counteracted by 
genuine teachers, correct doctrine, and the true 
Christ. 

We can gather many precious gems of truth 
by search, and study; but that an accompanying 
teacher is necessary, the euuuch, the apoBtle 
Paul, and Cornelius, come forward as evidence. 

It is true, bnt nevertheless sad, that the masses 
to-day are what and where they are, not because 
their Bible reads that way, for the text as proof 
is not there; but it is all simply because they were 
tatjoht that way. There is a large and a respec- 
table body who believe it is not necessary to keep 



any of the ordinances of the Gospel. I desire you 
on your mission of love, to insist on the text above, 
" Observe all things whatsoever I have command- 
ed you." Also, " not every one that saith, Lord, 
Lord, Bhall enter into the kingdom of heaven, 
but be that doeth the will of my Father." Matt. 
7: 21; besides, "whosoever transgresseth and 
abideth not in the doctrine of Christ hath not 
God." 2 John!). 

There is another vast number of praying people, 
whom we call myriads, who hold it as their right- 
ful prerogative to dismiss at pleasure such or- 
dinances as they may deem not necessary. I 
urge you to render the folly of the above advocates 
manifest. Make the little word "all," in the 
text, prominent. These teachers and leaders 
have either forgotten, or else never knew that, 
"if we keep the whole law yet offend in one point, 
we are guilty of all." James 2: 10. 

All Gospel messengers should well remember, 
that the Gospel is " for doctrine, for reproof, for 
correction, for instruction in righteousness." 

I wish to further impress you with the power 
and influence of simple teaching in the absence of 
proof. Many mothers to-day get their infants 
sprinkled, not because they read it, for neither 
Christ nor his apostles left any record of sprink- 
ling infants, nor did they bid any one else to do 
so. They believe the doctrine simply because 
they were taught so. An equal number of pray- 
ing men and women believe that our apparel is 
immaterial. A stereotyped expression with them 
is, "Ileligion is in the heart." This, again is an 
outgrowth of teaching. I wish you to recite in 
melting tones, wherever you go, the facts in the 
question,— that we are not to wear gold, pearls, or 
costly array, but are to wear " modest apparel," — 
are to "lay aside all superfluity, — teach "that 
God will reject the proud," that he even " hates a 
proud look." 1 fiod it easy to impress honest, 
seeking minds with pure truth, when thrown un- 
der the influence of faithful teachers. 

Under the influence of teaching, children can 
be led to believe almost anything and everything, 
and it is simply astonishing to observe how even 
aged minds crin be moulded under the conatant 
influence of teaching. This is why the apostle 
Paul urged Timothy to "commit the same unto 
faithful men, who shall be able to teach others 
also." It is true, that the future welfare of the 
church iu a measure, depends upon the character 
of itB teachers; but let not this fact lead you to 
rlook your vast power in moulding the minds 
of those whom yon visit. I think o£ your vast 
field. You are borne by ocean steamers, rapid 
railway transits, mail coaches and news carriers. 
I think of the numerous firesides by the side of 
which your pages are so anxiously perused. How 
necessary that you recite " sound speech that can 
not be condemned;" knowing as we do, that the 
time t's come that "men do not endure sound 
doctrine; but after their own lusts they heap to 
themselves teachers having itching ears, and have 
turned their ears from the truth." May you con- 
tinue to be a GosrEL Messengrr; "for he that is 
sent of God, speaketh the things of God." 



DO WE STEP THAT WAY? 

BY A. Hr/TCHTSON. 

King David tells us that " the steps of a good 
man are ordered by the Lord." Ps. 37: 23. The 
question with me is, whether we submit to his or- 
dering. There seems to be a question with Borne, 
whether we have the power to do otherwise than 
to submit. We certainly have the power to choose, 
or we would not be called upon to make a choice. 
Josh. 24: lo says: "Choose yon this day whom ye 
will serve." And again, "How long halt ye be- 
tween two opinions? If the Lord be God, follow 
him; but if Baal, then follow him." 1 Kings 18: 



21. Now it seems clear that man has control of 
the case. This being established, it is easy to see 
how the Lord can hold man responsible, if he does 
not walk iu harmony with his ordering. God 
gives the orders, and it is man's duty to move in 
the steps of the Lord's ordering. When man so 
walks, it can be truly said his steps are ordered 
by the Lord. David, in continuing his Bpeech 
about the " good man," says, "The law of his God 
is in his heart; none of his steps shall slide." It 
must be a case that is clear to every reflecting 
mind, why none of his stops shall slide. Simply 
because the Lord's orders are obeyed, man's feet 
are put in the right place. 

The apostle gives us a good insight into tbe 
case. He puts the case this way, " He that sailh 
he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, 
even as he walked." 1 John 2: G. Then, it Jesus 
is to be our pattern, well may we inquire whether 
" we walk as he walked." " He was given as a lead- 
er and a commander to the people." Isa. 55: 1. 
Then, I suppose, we all understand alike that, 
when David speaks of "steps," he does not mean 
simply the movement of the feet, but the life as 
well. We must examine closely into the charac- 
ter of our daily conduct, and if it does not agree 
with the character as represented in the law of the 
Lord, we may rest assured that our steps are not 
of the Lord's ordering. 

AVhen you went to the saloon to get a drink o£ 
beer, or when you put that quid into your mouth, 
or lighted that pipe or cigar, did you think the 
Lord gave the orders? Is that not a fair ques- 
tion, since " the steps of a good man are ordered 
by the Lord " ? Indeed, I believe you would blush 
to tell tho Lord that he had anything to do with 
the ordering in that ease, and I doubt very much 
whether yon could say that you were following 
the example of Jesus when you did either of tho 
above thingB. 

Perhaps yon are ready to say you are not guilty 
of either. Well, I am really glad to hear that. 
Then just continue to walk in such steps, and help 
to encourage somebody else to follow the good ex- 
ample. If man could live or die unto himself, it 
would not be so bad, but we are to give an account 
of this life. Some one is looking on and being 
affected by our life, so we have great reason to 
pray aa did David, as follows: "Order my steps in 
thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion 
over me." Ps. 119: 133. When we realize how 
feeble man is when left to himself, we then, and 
then only, begin to feel like asking in good earn- 
eet that the Lord might order our steps, that we 
may not go astray. Jeremiah says: "0 Lord, I 
know that the way of man is not in himself: it is 
not in man that walketh to direct his steps." Jer. 
10: 23. The trouble is, every man wants his own 
way. Therefore it will not do for man to follow 
his own ways, because they are carnal, and there- 
fore directly opposed to God. The Christian life 
means more than simply to make a profession and 
go to the church once a week. 



ER-KING AND FOKQIVIJfG. 

BY ELLA J. BBTJMBAUGB". 

The easiest thing for human beings to do is to 
make mistakes. These errors are the cause of 
many of our misfortunes, and the source of many 
of our troubles. Do we thiuk that we ourselves 
are the authors of our distress? It is true in 
many cases. Trace them carefully, decide im- 
partially, and you will find yourself to be the 
guilty one. The child becomes angry at his play- 
mate and hurls a toy wagon at the offender. It 
strikes the wall and flies to atoms, while the play- 
mate escapes injury. The wagon of which he 
thought so much, is broken, and he did it himself, 
without getting revenge. Men and women won- 
der at the folly of the child, while they are engag- 



Jau. 1, 1839. 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER. 



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ed in similar self-defeats, 
and ft few hasty, unkind 
which iDJare the person 
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We becomo anuoyed, 
words escape our lips, 
iddressed, but not hftlE 
urselves. Every wrong 



act leaves a scar, and some of us are badly dil 
figured in the Bight of God, however fair we ap- 
pear in the eyes of men. 

The desire for honor and fame is so strong iu 
some persons, that it leads them to commit a great 
many errors. Iu their intense anxiety to reach a 
coveted position, they make mistakes which bauiBh 
them from it forever. 

" Fame guards the wreath we call a crown 
With other wreaths of fire, 
And, dragging this or that man down, 
Will not raise you the higher." 

Wrong, committed by one individual, affects 
more than that individual. The innocent must 
often suffer with the guilty. Moderately rigid 
rules will govern one clnss of persons well, but 
others abuse their privileges, and necessitate 
more stringent government. The first class must 
be deprived of that which all might enjoy, if it 
were not abused. There are so many ways of 
erring, that few, indeed none, escape them all. 
Our standing, moral or religious, does not depend 
upon our avoiding mistakes, but upon our 
ability to see them as mistakes, and our dis- 
posal of them. To attempt to cover up wrong, 
adds to the first sin, and makes it more sinful. 
To try to justify self in a wrong act, reflects upon 
common sense or rationality, and to sneak away 
from wrong and " let it go," when we see it cletu 
ly, is another of Satan's wayo of bringing reproach 
upon poor, weak, erring mortals. When we make 
a mistake, the best way is to acknowledge it at 
once, be willing to see it, and make every effort 
to correct it, so far as possible. To make con- 
fession and beg forgiveness, is humiliating, but 
it is the Burest way to exaltation. It requires an 
effort to proceed in this way, and unless we are 
true Christians we shall fail in the attempt, but the 
happy result is worth the effort. " To err is 
human," and we need not expect to escape it en- 
tirely, but with great care we may save ourselves 
many a blunder. 

Have we ever thought how little we do that is 
perfect? It is a discouraging picture, and we 
turn from it. No one Bhould regard himBelf or 
herself a model, for we are all human. The great 
may err as well as the lowly, and the more ex- 
alted the position that people fill, the greater 
their errors appear. When we make mistakes, 
God does not turn away from us. He is not as 
ready to condemn as men are. 2nd Chron. 7:11 
reads, " If my people, which are called by my 
name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and 
seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, 
then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive 
their sin, and will heal their land." He calls them 
his people, yet they were in wicked ways. 

Our dear Father clings to us, and follows us, 
when we turn away from him, and as soon as we 
turn to him he is ready to forgive. Surely, " to 
forgive is divine," and humanity would be lost, 
if divinity were without this attribute. We slight, 
and grieve, and disobey, and disrespect the Author 
of our being, and he forgives. Christ gave us 
many examples of forgiveness. He forgave the 
one who denied him, and he begged the Father 
to forgive those who crucified him. We are hasty 
in our criticisms on the actions of others. We 
are quick to point out their defects, and sometimes 
cry out against them when the same evil is lurk- 
ing in our own hearts. " Let him that is without 
sin cast the first stone," said the Great Teacher, 
and the accusers departed, bowing their heads in 
shame. 

Few persons experience the divinity of forgiv- 
ing, because bo few forgive divinely— from the 
heart. There is a great deal of sham forgivi 
among us. A difficulty arises between two 



persons. Tbey avoid each other for a while, and 
finally meet to have an understanding of the mat- 
ter. After talking it over, they say, " Very well, 
we will forgive and forget." They part as friends, 
they say, but there is malice in their hearts. It 
shows itself in different ways. If an opportunity 
presents itself for one to say or do something 

will interfere with the peace or prosperity of 
the other, it is utilized, aud such an opportunity 

metinies sought. Of course this niUBt all be 
done very cautiously, for they are now pretonded 
friends. This leads to a new outburst of diffi- 
culties, and the case is aggravated. 

Every individual represents a distinct disposi- 
tion. What a queer state of affairs if every one 
thought and acted alike! We were not oreated 
so. God intends us to be different. Since we do 
not think nor act alike, and do not wish to, let us 
be charitable enough to allow others to dill 
with us, aud where their ways cross ours, let there 
be as little jarring as possible. Tho person who 
thinks aud acts differently from us may not bo 
iu error, as we are too likely to suppose. It is 
well to forgive what seems like uukiudness iu 
others, for it may not be 60 intended. We can 
uot tell what prompts the action. 

"The outward wayward life we 8C«, 
The hidden springs we may not know." 

Unkind feelings often exist, merely because we 
do not understand one another. Our actions 
sometimes most grossly misrepresent us. We 
" jump at conclusions," and because something 
looks so and so, we decide thatlt is so. Who of 
us have not been wronged in this way? 1£ we 
have been, we are surely ready to forgive others. 
If you can not forgive without an explanation, 
a6k for it at once. It is hard to teach ourselves 
the lesson of forgiveness, but it cultivates true 
aud noble character. It calls into action the bet- 
ter part of our nature, and teaches the most use- 
ful lessons of life. It makes us strong to endure, 
and is a true test of love. 

"Forslill in mutual sufferance lies 



The sw«tm 

Huntingdon, Pa. 



CHRISTIAN EOTALITY. 



1 My brethren, have 
Lord of glory, witl 

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D. E. PBfCE. 

)t the faith of our Lord Jesus Chi is 
espect of persons. For if there corr 
in with a gold ring, in goodly appa 
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respect 



the poor, 



im that weareth the gay cloth! 

here In a good place; and say t 
Stand thou there, or sit here under my footstool : are ye not 
then partial in yourselves, and are become judges of evil 
thoughts? Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God 
chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the 
kingdom which lie hath promised to them that love him? 
But ye have despised the poor. Do not ricli men oppress 
you, and draw you before the judgment seats? Do not they 
blaspheme that worthy name by the which yr — 
ye fulfil the royal law according 
love thy neighbour as thyself, y 
spect to persons, ye commit sin, 
as transgressors." — James 2: I-y 

The Holy Scriptures teach abundantly that 
Christians are all on one common level, that there 
are none high or low, unless they make themselves 
such by their actions, that we are all brethren and 
sisters in tho household of faith, heirs of the same 
inheritance, and that our rights and privileges are 
all the same, because of our common relation to 
God, our Father, and his Son, Jesus Christ. 

Though it is necessary for some to occupy of- 
ficial positions in the church, they should not be- 
come exalted and think more highly of themselves 
than of others; but remember that they are only 
the servants of the church. If there is any dis- 
tinction they should feel like occupying the lowest 
position. 



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In all our church work we should be very care- 
ful that we follow tho admonition of Paul to Tim- 
othy: "Them that siu rebuke before all, that oth- 
ers also may fear. 1 charge thee before God, aud 
the Lord Jeans Christ, aud the elect angelB, that 
thou observe these things without preferring one 
before another, doing nothing by partiality." The 
above is n very solemn charge, aud Bhould be ob- 
served by every member of the church. When it 
devolves upon us to sit in judgment upon the con- 
duct of brethren or siaters, we should not consid- 
er their Btandiug iu tho church, or whether they 
are rich or poor, but judge righteously according 
to the meritB of tho case. We read in James 3: 
17, " But the wisdom that is from above is first 
pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be en- 
treated, full of mercy aud good fruits, without 
partiality, ami without hypocrisy." Hence, as 
i we are governed by the wisdom from 
above, wo can not use partiality one towards an- 
other, for if wo do, James B'tys, "wo commit Bin, 
and are convinced of the law as transgressors." 
Heuce we dare not rospect persons, but we may, 
and should roBpect character. Just as long as our 
characters are irreproachable, we staud acquitted; 
but brethren or sisters who polltlto their charac- 
ter by doing wrong, must bo brought to judgment, 
no matter what their Btaudiug may be otherwise, 
whether they are rioh or poor, learned or un- 
learned; find if not brought to judgment in this 
life, they will fall under judgment at the great day 
of final accouuts, and the church will be held ac- 
countable for uot doing her duty. 

There is another way by which inequality may 
be shown, aud that is in bearing the financial bur- 
don of the churoh. Tho Lord has uot designed 
that a certain class Bhould bear nearly all the bur- 
den of tho church, and others go comparatively 
free; or that those whom we have placed in the 
ministry Bhould upend their time and labor, and, 
very frequently, their money, for tho advancement 
of the cause of Christ, and the benefit of tho 
church, and then boar their share, or probably 
more, of tho financial burden of the church be- 
side. The apostle Paul, when treating on this 
subject, 2 Cor. 8: 111, 11, says, "For I mean not 
that other men lie eased, and ye bo burdened: but 
by an equality, that uow at this time your abund- 
ance may bo a supply for their waut, that their 
abundance may also be a supply for your want; 
that there may be equality." The lesson we mean 
to draw from this Scripture is the equality spoken 
of by brother Paul,— that some should not be 
eased and others burdened. 

I suppose some one is ready to quote that pet 
Scripture, so often quoted incorrectly, Isaiah 50: 
1: "Ho, every one that thirsteth, come aud buy 
wine and milk without money and without price." 
Now let ns quote it as given by the Holy Ghost 
(for "holy men of God spake as they were 
moved by the Holy Ghost," 2 Pet. 1 : 21 ), " Ho, 
every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, 
and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; 
yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and 
without price." Who is invited to buy without 
money and without price? Why, Isaiah says ho 
that hath no money. How is he to get it without 
money and without price? Why, those who have 
money distribute of their means in order to give 
the Gospel to the poor. 

But some one is ready to say, "I thought the 
ministers were to give them the Gospel." How 
can they preach except they be sent? Who sent 
them? The Lord, through the church. Hence 
the whole burden falls back on the church ; and 
the command is to the ehurch to "teach all na- 
tions, preach the Gospel to every creature." See 
Matt. 28: 19; Mark 16: 15. It is generally expect- 
ed of the ministers that they respond to every 
call for preaching, whether far or near, spend 
their time and substance for the benefit of the 
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expense, they are expected to head the list with 
the largest amount, if at all able. I wonder if 
Paul would have called this equality. In conclu- 
sion I will suppose a case, which covers a great 
many real ones. 

There are two brethren starting out in life; both 
are about equal in circumstances financially; each 
has a good farm and is prospering in business. 
But in the courao of time one of them is called to 
the ministry, and ho devotes to it much of his 
time and attention; follows the admonition of Paul 
to Timothy, " Study to show thyself approved un- 
to God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, 
rightly dividing the word of truth." 2 Tim. 2: 15. 
In consequence of his diligence he becomes a use- 
ful worker in the church, and gets many calls to 
preach, both at home and abroad; hence he is 
often called away when his presence would be 
very much needed at home. His business does 
not get the attention it ought to have, aud when 
harvest comes, probably his cropB are not nearly 
as good as his brother's; and then, too, some of 
his less considerate brethren are ready to say, " He 
iB a poor farmer," " careless in his business," or 
"he don't like to work," or "his wife is extrava- 
gant in her household affairs," etc. 

Let us see if we can bring Paul's equalizing 
system to the rescue; " Bear ye one another's bur- 
dens, and so fulfil the law of Christ." Gal 6: 2. 
When he is called away, sometimes at expense to 
go, would it not at least be a little nearer equal 
if his brother bear the expense, when he gives his 
time and labor, or he might plow his corn, or cut 
part of his harvest in his absence, which would be 
a very agreeable surprise to the minister upon re- 
turning home. 

I am not quito done with the comparison. The 
one brother continues to prosper, adds farm to 
farm, while his brother at his side is growing 
poorer every year, because of his ministerial fe- 
bors. But his rich brother, and others, are ready 
to Bay, " Well, let him beak the burden, he will 
be rewarded for it." My dear brother, if your 
poor brother bears all the burden, and gets all the 
reward, where or how will you get yours? Re- 
member, the reward will be in proportion to the 
sacrifice we make for Christ and for one another. 

We do not mean that any one shall take advant- 
age of what we have written on the subject, and 
say we are advocating a hired ministry. God for- 
bid 1 I hope we will never Bee the time that our 
ministers are hirelings; but if others have gone to 
one extreme, let us not run to the other, and im- 
pose burdens on our poor ministers that the Lord 
never designed them to bear. We can come to 
the Gospel standard on this point, as well as any 
other, without running to one extreme to avoid an- 
other. _ 

AN APPEAL TO THE MINISTRY. 

BY LEVI WHISLER. 



When I read and consider the charge that 
Paul gave to Timothy to go and preach, 2 Tim. i: 
1-5, I am made to wonder why there are bo many 
oalls unheeded. There are brethren in some of 
the eastern churches that have been in the minis- 
try for years, but have never been at work in the 
isolated placeB where the Brethren's doctrine is 
unknown. Such brethren have no idea what good 
they could do, if they would heed the charge. 
We should consider that one soul is worth more 
than this whole world. 

Some may say, " I can not do any good by go- 
ing to such places." Now, dear brother, whoever 
you may be, if you preach the gospel, the people 
will know it I have heard it Btated at different 
times during the last year, " We never heard oth 
er denominations preach suoh doctrine as the 
Brethren do," and I do believe that there will be 



ngathering of souls ere long. The harvest is 

great" and Ihe laborers are few. Many precious 

souls might be saved, if they could hear more of 

the gospel preached. 

Qoodland, Kans. 

NEW TESTAMENT GREEK. 

RY JAMES M. NEEE. 

Number Three. 
There are perhaps few words in the English 
language about which there hovers Buch a confus- 
ion of emotions, such a blending of love, hope, 
sympathy and regret as the word 

FAREWELL. 

It is a word that is frequently used; and we be- 
lieve that it holds within itself and in its history 
a depth and fulness of meaning which are often 
but vaguely, or, perhaps, in no way, felt by those 
who use it. And again we believe that there are 
many devout hearts filled with emotion so deep, 
so true, so pure, so nearly divine that our sweet 
word farewell can but half express it 

Especially is this latter true if in the word there 
lies any beauty or depth of meaning which hither- 
to has passed us unobserved. For is it not true 
that a word means no more to me than I know of 
its meaning? - 

The word " farewell," used as a parting saluta- 
tion, occurs but three times in the New Testa- 
ment. " The beloved physician," Luke, uses it 
twice,— or rather he uses the Greek word (rhon- 
numi) which our translators have rendered by the 
Euglish word " farewell." The passages in which 
the word occurs are Acts 15: 29 and 23: 30, but 
the revisers have omitted the word in the latter 
passage. In 2 Cor. 13: 11 we also have the word 
"farewell;" but by reference to the Greek we find 
that Paul doeB not use the same word that Luke 
uses, although in our English version the trans- 
lators have given us the same word in both in- 
stances. 

Now let us, for a moment, inquire into the dif- 
ference between Luke's farewell and that of Paul. 
The word rlionnumi which Luke makes use of, 
means, in the active voice, "to strengthen, to ren- 
der firm." But in this salutation it is always iu 
the passive voice and imperative mode, and liter- 
ally translated means: " Be ye strengthened, or be 
firm." Of course Luke's farewell, as well as 
Paul's was spiritual, and when he bade his breth. 
ren farewell he expressed the wish that they 
should be spiritually strong and healthy in the 
midst of the spiritual corruption and the wicked 
persecutions through which they were about to 
pass. 

But Paul's word (chairo) means "to rejoice, be 
glad." When used as a salutation, it is also in 
the imperative mode, and literally translated 
would mean, " Be ye glad or rejoice." It is pre- 
cisely the same word which in Matt. 5: 12 is trans- 
lated, "rejoice." In Matt. 26: 49 it is translated, 
" hail." Read this latter passage and then note 
how prominently Judas' hypocrisy stands out. 
The words which he uBed were those of a friendly 
greeting and were equivalent to, "Be happy, Mas- 



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ter." 

But let us not now lose sight of the meaning of 
Paul's farewell. How fitting it was that, as he 
wrote to his Hock at Corinth, he should encourage 
them to " rejoice and be glad," even in the midst 
of the tribulations and persecutions to which the 
early church was subjected. 

Paul's farewell was, " Rejoice, be glad." That 
of Luke, " Be strong, be firm." Aud may oi 
ery farewell be an exhortation to our brethren to 
be strong and be firm, for the devil goes about as 
a roaring lion; and to rejoice and be glad, for 
these light afflictions which are but momentary, 
work for us a far more exceeding and eternal 
weight of glory. 



—It is said, those who turn, or are instrumental 
in turning, sinners from error, will shine as stars 
in the firmament of God's heavenly glory. The 
thought comes to me that, like the sun which is 
full of light even before it rises, so the child of 
God must be full of light in order to be instru- 
mental in showing sinners how to get out of dark- 
ness into the light of salvation. Also, if there is 
no light in us before we rise, there will be none in 
us after the resurrection. We must come to the 
light. The light must be in us, " so we must let 
our light shine." 

—A sleepy child calls for mother. The mother 
says, " Come to me." It obeys, and the mother 
puts her arms under it and sings it to sleep. 
When God calls to the sinner to come to him, and 
the sinner obeys, the Lord putteth his " everlast- 
ing arms underneath " and " giveth his beloved 
sleep." 

— A great many church people are thinking all 
their life that, when they die, they expect to go to 
God, to their Savior aud to heaven, but seldom ev- 
er think of going to God here or getting ac- 
quainted with Jesus in this world, or that there is 
any heaven on earth for them. Poor, deluded sours 
that look afar off for the things they may have 
and enjoy all along the way of life! 

A safe rule for a professor to adopt is to nev- 
er go where you would be aBhamed to ask Jesus 
to go with you; never to be found where you 
would not want death to find you; never to indulge 
in any pleasure that will not bear a death-bed re- 
flection of it. 

— Many persons have gone to heaven that nev- 
er would have known the way if it had not been 
for God having washed their eyes with tears that 
they might see to read his commandments aright. 
—That little girl was about right who gave the 
definition of a Christian as " any one who is good 
and doeB not stay at home from church when it 
rains." 

— How true it is that, when we go on an errand 
to God in prayer for others, we also get something 
good for ourselves. 

CHRISTMAS. 

BY FANNY MORROW. 

Christmas is composed of two words, — Christ 
aud mass. Christ, the anointed; mass, a religious 
service. Dec. 25 is almost universally observed 
as the anniversary of the birth of Christ, our Sav- 
ior. It is a time of general joy and gladness. 
Poor and desolate, indeed, must be the person who 
neither gives nor receives any expression of love 
or good cheer on that blessed day, — something 
that will throw a little brightness into this com- 
mon-place life of ours. The greater part of man- 
kind may fail to keep the day as it should be 
kept, yet we believe the majority have some con- 
ception of the meaning of the day, and some de- 
gree of gratitude to God for his great gift,— Christ 
the light of the world, so long foretold by the an- 
cient prophets. An angel heralded the advent of 
the first Christmas with the " Good tidings of 
great joy; which' shall be to all people, and with 
the angel a multitude of the heavenly host prais- 
ing God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, 
and on earth peace and good will unto men." 

Surely they set us au example that wo should 
keep the day in gladness. We may not have any 
luxuries or many comforts of life, but the knowl- 
edge that Christ, while upon earth, wrought out 
for us a perfect redemption and has now gone to 
prepare us a place in the many mansions, should 
enable us to sing as did the angels, " Glory to God 
in the highest, peace on earth and good will 
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Christ came to bring help for the needy- May 
wo not reflect some of his light by helping some 
brother, sister, or friend who may be more needy 
than we are? "We can at least give loving words, 
sympathy, and good cheer, and if the Lord's mon- 
ey is in our keeping, let us remember that some- 
times a little money is a great help. Christ came 
that the poor might have the gospel preached un- 
to them. 0, ye ambassadors of his, remember 
the poor I Don't circle around always where the 
harvests have been plenteous, and living is abun- 
dant. The spiritual fields are white unto harvest 
here in Western Kansas, but the laborers are few. 
Who will come and gather sheaves here, and thus 
bring everlasting Christmas gladness to their own 
hearts and to the hearts of others? 



CORRESPONDENCE. 



A Happy Meeting. 

On Friday evening, Nov. 23, as wife and I were 
sitting in our little " hired house," a spring-wag- 
on arrived at our door and we saw Bro. John 
Metzger and daughter, sister Mary Hendricks, 
and brother and sister Wyland. Such joy as wo 
felt can only be felt, — it cannot be told or ex- 
pressed. To have old friends visit our lonely cot- 
tage, is a foretaste of the glorious meeting "be- 
yond." I have labored in the Lord's work with 
Bro. John, as a son with a father. 

They remained with us over Sunday. We had 
three appointments for meetings. Saturday ev- 
ening Bro. Wylaud gave us a good talk. 

Sunday, at 10 A. M , Bro. Metzger gave us one 
of his old-time sermons from the test, "They that 
sow to the flesh, shall of the flesh reap corruption; 
but they that sow to the Spirit, shall of the Spir- 
it reap life everlasting." In the course of his ser- 
mon old men wept and saints rejoiced. 

The parting after the evening service was ten- 
der. Though strangers, our brethren won the es- 
teem of the congregation. May their labors bring 
forth much fruit! 

On Monday morning, after a season of very ten 
der devotion, they again boarded their vehicle for 
other fields of labor and left us in our lonelinoss. 
I can now more than ever feel a deep sympathy 
for isolated members. Those who have always 
lived in organized churches ought to be faithful, 
for they must give an account for their opportuni- 
ties. Ministers who have nothing to do wher 
they are, should "go," and gladden the hearts of 
the scattered members by preaching the "glad 
tidings" to them, and teaching sinners the way of 
life and salvation. 

Our meeting last night, Dec. 2, was well at 
tended and we had good attention. The meeting- 
house is not yet completed. Work has been de- 
layed for want of material. Brethren and sisters, 
pray for us! John Wise. 

From Benton Co., Mo. 

In company with Bro. M. T. Baer, of Kansas, I 
went to visit the Brethren in Benton Co., 
State, lately. In order to answer many inquiries 
about the country I write this. We spent some 
days looking at the country, and found far more 
good land than on my previous visits. Portions 
of the country are nearly all tillable and are under 
cultivation; this refers to lands lying south-east 
of Mt. View, towards and beyond Cross Timbers in 
the north-eastern part of Hickory Co. Between 
Mt View and Cross Timbers is some excellent 
land, rating at from ten to fifteen dollars per acre, 
improved. Some of it is bottom land of the best 



quality. Other portions of the country are made 
up of moderately rolling laud, and some of it very 
hilly. 

The hill country is divided between ridges and 
valley land. Many of the valleys have farms 
snugly sheltered by the ridge land and the timber, 
Parts of the country have quite a mountainous 
appearance, portions of which' are quite stony mid 
rough, but will in time be made pasture laud by 
removing the small timber. The hill country, 01 
rolling land, is naturally adapted to clover and 
wheat; the valley land, to wheat, corn, and vege- 
tables. 

Now, I hope this brief description will enable 

inquirers to form a fair idea of the country, and 
to me it appeared to be bo much more comfortable 
to live in, sheltered as it is by the thiols growth 
of timber, than are the treeless prairies, swept by 
the winds and cold waves of the West. Here 
persons with butlittle means can make I Toil- 
able homes, while those of more means can cer- 
tainly make profitable investments in the line bot- 
tom lauds bordering streams. 

The church near Mt. View was organized in 
April last, and now numbers about forty members 
with encouraging prospects ahead. On our late 
visit, the site of their meeting-house was deter- 
mined, and work will be commenced on the house 
soon, to be ready for use by April next, with the 
additional prospect that Bro. M. T. Baor will lo- 
cate there within a year. For further descrip- 
tion of the country, etc., write either to P. S. 
Hartman, or N. Benedict, Mt. View, Benton Co., 
Mo., but do enclose stamps for reply. 

8. S. MouLnn. 

From Progress, Colo. 

NUMBER ONE. 

I left homo on the morning of Nov. 29, en 
route for California, to spend several months in 

preaching the Gospel of Christ among the | pie 

there, by authority of the General Mission Board 
of the Brethren. Having my passport over the 
Great Santa Fe R. K. from Kansas City to Cali- 
fornia, I was permitted to stop off at Syracuse, 
Kansas, and come to the above-named place by 
stage, via Richfield, Kansas. The distance from 
Syracuse to Progress is seventy-five miles. I am 
hero by special request of Noah Gorman, son of 
Eld. P. S. Gorman, of Warrenabnrg, Missouri, 
who desired to bo baptized. I began to preach 
in the Union church here in Progress, Sunday 
morning, at 11 A. M. and have continued each ev- 
ening, except list Sunday evening, when the 
Methodist minister filled their regular appoint- 
ment Many of the people hero never saw a 
Dunkord minister before I came, hence 1 hove 
confined myself strictly to doctrinal preaching. 
Last Saturday evening, after preaching on bap- 
tism by trine immersion, being the eighth sermon, 
I extended an invitation to all who wanted to fol- 
low Christ, and unite with his church. To our 
joy, six came forward for baptism. There were 
three ministers present when we preached on 
Feet-washing and baptism. Two were Metho- 
dists and one a Baptist. They had held a pro- 
tracted meeting here about four weeks ago and 
got a number of converts. Tho ono Methodist 
minister was brought here from Richfield, Kansas, 
twenty-two miles, to baptize their converts, on 
Sunday, Dec. 9. They seemed confused when 
they saw those come forward at our invitation, to 
be baptized, whom they expected to baptize, 
Their minister turned his face homeward on Mon- 
day, Dec. 10, while we went to the water " where 
prayer was wont to be made," and baptized six to 
"walk in newness of life." People came seven 
and eight miles to witness tho baptism. There 
were fifteen teams at the water, and about sei en- 
ty-five people. I never saw better order and more 
solemnity in nny assembly of people. 



On Wednesday, the 12th, we again met at the 
water for baptism, when four more were baptized. 
I expect te preach my last sermon on Sunday, 
Dec. 16, at 11 A. M. I hope by that time there 
will be more to follow. Those who have been 
baptized are among the best citizens of the coun- 
ty. Wo have had good attendance and attention 
during our meetings thus far. The people are 
all generally well pleased with the doctrine. If 
our brethren make a proper effort, I see nothing 
to louder them from gathering many of these 
people for the Lord. Thereisno church organ- 
ized here yet, and the one that will organize here 
first will be likely to have the advantage, as peo- 
ple prefer joining ohuvoh where there is an organ- 
ization, so they can have regular preaching. As 
this territory belongs to North-western. Kansas 
and Colorado, let me urge you, dear brethren, 
that you act at once and arrange to give these 
dear members here regular preaching once a 
month at least, for they will be like lambs among 
wolves when I go away. Most of those who have 
been baptized had never hoard the doctrine be- 
fore, and they will need a good, tender shepherd 
to oaro for them, and trod them bountifully with 
the Bread of Lil'e. I hope the brethren will send 
such ministers in here to preach who can ably de- 
fend the doctrine, for they will have strong oppo- 
sition to meet. 

If the brethren who havo this territory in 
charge are notable to meet the expense of send- 
ing brethren in here once a month, I hope our 
Geuernl Mission Board can assist. There surely 
is a good opening hero for the brethren to build 
up a church in the near future if they take hold 
of the work at once. 

The brethren that have been baptized during 
bills meeting are mostly in very limited circum- 
stances yet, as the country is very new. People 
are generally living in " dug-outs " or sod-houses, 
but they will contribute all they can to get regular 
preaching. They seem very hungry £or the 
Bread of Life. The best way to get here will be 
to take the .Santa Fe Railroad to Granada, and 
there take the stage to Stonington; from Sym- 
ington it is only six miles to Progress. Brethren 
who come had better address either of the follow- 
ing brethren, OS follows: Progress, Colo., via 
Stonington, A. L. Walker, William Snyder, or 
Noah (iarman. They will arrange to meet you at 
Stonington. 1 hope some, good brother or sister 
who con spare one dollar will take it and send the 
amount in tracts, such as the "House wo Live 
in," " Plain Dressing," " Ten Iteasons for Trine 
Immersion," etc. There should be several dollars 
worth of tracts sent in here to these people. It 
would be a benefit not only for tho people here 
who know but little as yet about the Brethren, 
but it would aid the brethren who will come in 
hero to preach. JACOB WlTMOllE. 

From Mt. Vernon, Dak. 

We have preaching at this place only about ev- 
ery five or six months. Bro. B. F. Miller, who 
lives fifty miles from here, came to us Nov. 29 
and preached five sermons at our school-house. 
We had good attendance and attention. Bro. 
Miller went to Mt. Vernon Monday night, and 
preached five sermons with good success. One 
who had strayed away from the Lord came back 
again, which caused much rejoicing. The people 
here are anxious to hear the Truth preached as 
taught in the Bible. 

There is a great work to be done in Dakota. 
The harvest is great and the laborers are few. 
Come, brethren and sisters, help us carry on the 
good work here. There are only eight members 
in thiB immediate vicinity, but we are going to 
try, by tho help of God, to serve our Lord and 
Master. Pray for us, brethren, that we may ever 
be found faithfuil Lizzie Habadeb, 



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tered; only numbering about fifty-fave We close 
or Sunday-school the first Sunday ,n November 
As the greater portion of tbe children have tar to 
fie, weoonld not continue the schoo through 
the winter season, and only twice a month m the 
summer. Through the past summer we bad an 
average attendance or sixty-one pupil . The 
school wao diYidedinto seven classes, and took the 
Lssons from the New Testament, commencing 

W We A totai'buted twenty copies of the Young 
Diseivh which all the children appreciated very 
highly. We have concluded to continue to dis- 
tribute it through the winter. 

Bro J M. Mohler, of Pennsylvania, labored tor 
us in a series of meetings in August, at which 
time we also had our love-feast There were 
eight precious souls added to the church at ha 
time. The meetings were well attended, and all 
partook of a rich, spiritual repast. 

At our last council-meeting the members all 
manifested seal in the welfare of the cause by a 
good attendance. Four letters of membership 
were granted, and, among other business done, 
it was decided to have prayer-meeting once each 
week, to be held at the church. We had the sec- 
ond meeting of that kind last Thursday night, 
and we are glad to report, with good success, 1 
trust God will help us in our efforts to properly 
conduct our prayer-meetings, and that he will 
help others also, who are laboring tor the cause 
of Christ and the weltare o£ our fellow-men! 

AV. W. HOLSOITLE. 

Items from the South, 



Wednesday morning we parted with «>« Brethren 
ofPaimew, after they had presented us with 
some very hue fruit, for which their country is 
noted We extend to them our warmest thanks. 
Reaching home in safety and finding all well, we 
are thankful to the " Preserver of aU ^^ 



Among the Churches, 



Oim District Conference was held in the Mount- 
ain Valley church, Green Co., Tenn., embracing 
the first Saturday in November. 

Most of the churches were represented and 
report peace at home and with the general Broth- 
erhood. Several congregations, however, did not 
report, and the meeting took steps to send aid to 
those which have failed to report for several years, 
vie., ministers to visit and labor among them. 
This is a step in the right direction, as we have 
a number of congregations remote from the main 
body, and nothing but well-orgauized evangelistic 
work will enable the District to take such " care 
of all the churches" as their safety and prosperity 
require. At this meeting the churches of Florida 
were admitted as members of our District, thus 
extending our borders to the Gulf of Mexico, 

Come over, brethren, you who sit upon crowded 
seats, into this land of sunshine and llowers, 
where there is an abundance of room and many 
precious souls ready to be gathered into the fold 
of Christ. 

We were all Bony that Eld. J. H. Moore, who 
was appointed by the churches of Florida, as their 
representative, could not be with us in our coun- 
cils. The Brethren who represented the church 
at Fairview, Yancey Co., N. C, solicited minister 
ial aid to assist in holding a serioB of meetings i: 
that congregation. Accordingly Bro. F. W. Dove 
and the writer agreed to meet them on the even- 
ing of Nov. 1G. As the weather was inclement, 
and the roads in bad condition, it was after night- 
fall when we reached the vicinity, and the river 
being past fordiug from recent rains, we failed to 
reach the appointment. We were kindly enter- 
tained by friend Robert Griffith. 

Next morning the brethren took us across in a 
canoe and the meetings proceeded. We remained 
here four days, nnd seven souls were added to the 
fold. We find the brethren exceedingly kind, and 
alive to the Master's cause. Eld. John Bradshaw 
has the oversight of this church, and is assisted 
i nf S. M. Laugbrnn. On 



In- my last report I was laboring for the cause 
of our Master in the Lower Fall Creek church, 
Madison Co., Ind. I went to this church Oct. 27, 
and continued the meetinguntil Nov. o. >ue was 
baptized after the meeting closed. May he prove 
faithful in the work of his Master! 

Nov 11 we began meeting in tbe home church, 
and are still continuing. Nov. i, Bro. Jacob 
liarick baptized one. We continued the meeting 
with the assistance of the other home ministers, 
until tbe evening of Nov 15, when we were 
made glad by the presence of brethren Brum- 
baugh and Christian, of Bradford, Ohio Bro. 
Christian preached to us. Nov. 10 we held our 
love-feast. Good order and attention were given 
It seemed to be the unanimous expression or all 
the dear brethren and sisters present that tins- 
was " the best meeting we ever had." Bro. Brum- 
baugh officiated. Eleven ministers were present 
besides our home ministers. At this meeting 
five were received by letter. 

On Monday, Nov. 19, we started for Jackson 
county on the Mission work of the Southern | 
District of Indiana. Missing the train at lndl- 
anopolis, I had to remain in the city all night. 

On the morning of Nov. 20, 1 left Indianapolis 
for Jackson county. On my arrival I was me 
by Bro. Daniel Bock, of Howard Co., who had 
come the day previous. We began our labors 
with the church here. We found things some- 
what out of order: The love-feast in this church 
was to be held Nov. 23. We had a church council 
Nov 22, to set things in proper order and to make 
arrangements for the communion. Everything 
passed off pleasantly, and we believe the church 
in Jackson county is again in good working order. 
Bro. David Richards was present with us at the 
communion. Bro. Bock officiated. We had a 
pleasant meeting. Bro. Richards rem lined with 
the Brethren here over Sunday. 

Bro Bock having received a request for preach- 
ing in Shelby county, we went to the above-named 
place Nov. 25, and remained over Sunday. After 
scattering some tracts we returned home on Mon- 
We found all well, for which we felt thank- 



From the Silver Creek Church, Williams Co., 0. 

Nov 11th we dedicated our new church at the 
east end of our district. Elder J. C. Murray, of 
North Manchester, Ind., delivered the sermon. 
He made choice of John 5: 2. He impressed us 
with the necessity of dedicating ourselves to God 
and his service. Bro. Murray continued his meet- 
ings until Saturday, Nov. 17, which was the time 
set for our love-feast at the Hickory G rove meet- 
ing-house in the central part of our district 
Many members from other districts were present. 
The ministers present, besides our home ministers, 
were, Eld. J. C. Murray, of Indiana; Eld. Perry 
MeKinney, of Metamora, Ohio; brethren C. Gra- 
bill and Geo. Sellers, of Lick Creek, Ohio. Eld. 
Murray officiated. 

While our heart was tilled with joy, sadness al- 
so prevailed, for tbe monster " Death" visited the 
home of our beloved sister in the flesh, and, we 
hope, also in the Spirit, and took from her side, 
on the evening of Nov. 16, her beloved companion 
We hope she will put her trust in the Lord and 
hold out faithful! 

On Sunday evening, Nov. 18, Bro. Murray re- 
turned to our new house, the Walnut Grove, to 
continue the meetings. He closed on the evening 
of Nov. 25. Tnere was one dear.youug sister add- 
ed to our number, also one reclaimed at our love- 
, . Noah Long. 

feast. _._. 



On Thanksgiving Day we attended services in I 
the Union Grove church house. Eld. John Stude- 
baker and the writer addressed the congregation. 
After the services we felt to make a Thanksgiving 
donation to the Brethren's Book and Tract Work. 
A collection of 84.72 was donated for that purpose. 
May God bless the workl 

Having previously promised the Brethren in 
the Landesville church, Grant Co., a series of 
meetings, we left home Dec. 1, and began the 
work of our Master in the above-named church. 
Dec. 5th we received a message to come borne and 
preach a funeral sermon. On our arrival we 
learned that one of our brethren had taken his own 
life on Monday evening, Dec. 3. Mental trouble 
is assigned as the cause. He leaves a wife and 
one daughter to mourn their loss. They have the 
sympathy of the entire neighborhood 

Dec. 7 we again returned to the Landesville 
church. May the Lord bless hi= cause every- 
where, and may Zion's borders be enlarged. " Be- 
hold the harvest is great, but the laborers are few." 
We are glad to learn that the Messengek is to 
be enlarged. May not only its pagas be enlarged, 
but may its circulation be enlarged! May God 
I bless the MesbenoebI Geo. L. Studebakeu. 



From Naperville, 111. 

Thanksgiving Day, to us, was also a day of re- 
joicing. One who strayed away from the fold was 
reclaimed. A week prior to this, God had afflict- 
ed him by calling his two dear little children home. 
He then made application to be received, and, as 
be said in his acknowledgment, " I was a strang- 
er every-where I went, and I want to return to my 
Father's house." Thanks be to God, that we can 
return to the Father after erring and doing wrong. 
There was also a daughter of that brother bap- 
tized, and a young man. 

Our church is in a prosperous condition, we 
I have glorious prayer-meetings which both old and 

young attend. All are much interested in them. 

May we all, who profess to be followers of Jesus, 

be more Christ-like, try to improve our talents 

and live faithful, is my prayer! 

Hattie Netzley. 

Notes From the West. 

Wife and I are now in the Walnut Valley dis- 
trict, nine miles west of Great Bend, Eans., to 
bold a few meetings and a quarterly counclh In 
a few days we expect to cross the Arkansas River 
to Eden Valley for the same work. On onr way 
here we tarried a few days with the Salem church 
in Reno Co., being requested to continue a series 
of meetings already in progress by Bro. Geo. 
Shamberger, from Missouri, who served us faith- 
fully for the space of two weeks, but it seemed to 
be seed-time and not harvest, and as brother 
George did not spare the seed, we still look and 
pray for the increase; although it seems to fall in 
line with our husbandry the last two years-to 
sow much and reap but little. So it may be often 
in the church; but if we can only hold our own, 
and have patience for the early and the latter 
rain, we can harvest by and by. Oar responsi- 
bilities have been greatly increased as a churcn 
by his visit among us, as well as at Salem. We 
wish he could favor us frequently with such visits. 
The ministers must often feel like Isaiah 49: i. 
The churches in Kansas, as far as we we know, 
are still striving for the right. Many complain 
of their meager donations to the work of the 
church, but, considering their failures in crops, 
we think their donations are equal to those oE 
the wealthy churches. We hope there will be a 
general move all along the line in trying to circu- 



Jan. 1, 18S9. 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER. 



late tho Messengek, not only for six months, but 
for a year; also the missionary number. In this 
work we can all share. The lay-members can 
preach, and may save a eoul from death. Let 
1389 be a year of extraordinary church work, for 
it may be our last year. No doubt it will be for 
many. "When I heard the sad news of the death 
of our dear brother, O. Youut, my mind at once 
reverted to my last interview, in the north-west 
corner of the Brethren's church in North Man- 



chester, at the close o 
him stand and hear hit 
soon!" Alas, how tru? 
comes! 

Hutchinson, Kans. 



Aunual Meeting. I see 
siDg, "'Twill all be over 
Let ua work till -Jesus 
Enoch Eby. 



Notes by the Way. 

Our much esteemed brother, Eld. John Metz- 
ger, and daughter, stopped with ub on their way 
home from Paubaudle, Texas, held six meetings 
with us, and visited their friends and brethren. 

Our dear old brother still preaches with the 
same zeal as in years gone by. I remember well, 
when I heard him preach and exhort years ago. 
His good counsels are still fresh in my miud. 

We were made to rejoice in the God of our 
salvation, that three precious souls came out on 
the Lord's side, and were made to confess Jesus 
Christ as their Savior. The writer has special 
reason to rejoice, since a loving daughter and a 
son-in-law were among the redeemed. 

Dec. 11, at au early hour, the good old brother 
took the parting hand fur other fields of labor. 
With a sorrowful heart we bade him farewell. 
His stay was only too short. Many good impres- 
sions have been made, and wo have good reason 
to believe that if he could have continued a little 
longer, others might hav* been persuaded to unite 
with God's people. 

Let us pray that Bro. Mefzger may yet be 
spared a few more years, to go forth and preach 
the Word in its purity, aud call many to embrace 
the truth. He believes that it is better to wear 
out in the service of the Lord than to rust out. 
J. B. AVolfe. 



Jottings from New Jersey, 

Dec. 10th, I came to what is known as the 
Amwell cliurch of New Jersey, to assist the 
Brethren in a series of meetings. This church 
though one of the oldest in the Brotherhood, has 
had great discouragements and most damaging 
difficulties to battle with of late years, so much so 
that it is almost a wonder that the Amwell church 
is not a thing of the past, Iudeed, were it not 
for the intense interest I feel in the cause of our 
dear Master, aud the love and sympathy I have 
for our New Jersey Brethren, in their efforts to 
maintain and build up the cause they hi 
poused, — a cause both near and dear to some of 
the more active members of the church, — I would 
not have consented to come among them, as 1 
have es much as lean do in the line of church 
work nearer home. I sincerely hope and pray, 
that my coming into their midst to labor for a 
while with and for them, as the Lord may give 
grace, may be productive of good in a general 
way to the church. Thus far we have had but two 
meetings, as we are Justin the beginning of the 
meeting, and the indications of haviog a good and 
successful meeting are rather encouraging. With 
David we pray, " Wilt thou not revive us again; 
that thy people may rejoice iu thee?" May God 
give the Amwell church, of New Jersey, a long-to- 
be-remembered season of refreshing! 

I Bhall not make mention of, nor discuss what 
have been the troubles in the Amwell church, as 
by bo doing I might only cause unpleasant feel- 
ings and remembrances on the part of some who 
were implicated in the troubles. We hope the 

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best was done for the church here that could bo 
done under the circumstances by those who serv- 
ed as a committee to adjust matters— wo say we 
hope, and though tho best thing was not done that 
now seems ought to have beeu douo under the oir- 
eumstances, yet we trust and pray all may yet be 
overruled by the good Lord for good. Brethren 
of the Amwell church, [don't become discouraged! 
A brighter day may be near at hand! Only work 
the more faithfully, letting your light shine bo- 
fore men, that they may see your good works, and 
thus glorify God, aud he who can bring order and 
beauty out of chaos, will again cause his face to 
shine upon you, and bring you forth more than 
conquerors through him who loves us. 
SISTEK wealthy a. bumcholdeh's sl'OOESTION. 

I am especially gratified and pleased with tho 
dear sister's suggestion in regard to widening the 
circulation of the Messenoeii, especially that part 
that refers to the local churches providing the 
poor with the paper. I have lately publicly 
urged the members of the church, whom I serve, 
to take tho Hessen<3EI!, and will do so more and 
more. I am sure the subscription for the Mes- 
senger this coming year iu my home ohui'ch will 
be considerably increased over last year. Since 
sectional disputos aud personal thrusts are dis- 
countenanced nnd eliminated from its pages, I. feel 
like writing for it, and helping it ou iu ,ts mission: 
I expe;t, especially, to urge the members of the 
Amwell church in New Jersey to subscribe for it, 
as I am confident that by so doing, 1 will bo doing 
the church good. This I have resolved to con- 
tinue to do as long, as the Messenqeii coutiuues 
to go forth sweetened and perfumed with tho 
meek and loving spirit of the Master. Let all the 
ministering brethren, especially, urge the mem- 
bers to take the Mebsekgeh, and let tho local 
churches, as sister Eurkholder urges, see to it 
that the poor of the church are provided wilh it. 
Let UF, also, all help to greatly improve the paper 
in every way. Let us aim to make it such a paper 
that we need not be ashamed to have it go into 
any home. We can make it such. Who all will 
help? Now, then, Brethren, for 1889. Lot it 
witness great things for God. 

THE MISSION WOnii REMEMDE11ED. 

At our Harvest Home meeting, iu my home 
church, we took up a collection for the General 
Mission Work in the church. Something over 
twenty-four dollars was thrown into the hit passed 
around. I considered the contribution pretty 
fair, considering the fact that our church mem- 
bership was not fairly represented, About ten dol- 
lars have since been paid in by individual members 
not present on that day, to bo forwarded some 
timsinthe near future. We also appointed an 
agent to receive constant collections from all who 
may want to contribute towards the work. The 
twenty-four dollars collected on tho day of our 
Harvest Home meeting have been forwarded to 
the District Secretary, H. E. Light, who is to 
forward the same to the Secretary appointed by 
Annual Meeting. No doubt Bro. Light has al- 
ready forwarded the money, though the name of 
the church is not acknowledged from which the 
contribution came. Brethren acting in such a ca- 
pacity should always give the name of the church 
from which the contribution came, and not as 
only coming from a certain District. Let there 
be system and business-like tact in our way of 
doing church work, and no one will have any 
room to find fault. I merely suggest this, so that 
what is, or may be done for general church pur- 
poses, will be done in a satisfactory way. What 
I said in regard to our church paper, I will also 
say respecting the missionary work of the caurc'.i, 
Let us do our best for it. The cause is a worthy 
one. May Heaven make it to grow and prosper! 



,T. T. Meveiis. 



From Mt. Sidney, Va. 

On the evening of Nov. 23, 1 closed a series of 
meetings which t conducted at Forest Chapel, one 
of our points for pleaching on the outskirts of my 
home district, whore thero is a small body of 
members. I commouced laboring for them on the 
evening of Nov. 11, and continued every evening 
during the week except Saturday evening, when 
we postponed meeting for the purpose of attend- 
ing a communion service with the Bietbreu of the 
Barren Ridge congregation. Here I met with a 
large body of tho Father's children, which had 
convened together from adjoining congregations 
for the purpose of celebrating the sufferings aud 
death of our Savior, We had au enjoyable feast 
together. Next day, Sunday, 1 returned to the 
first-named place, and, taking up my labors again, 
continued the meeting until Friday evening, Nov. 
23. We held communion services on the evening 
of tho 22nd. Bro. Abraham D. Garber, of the 
Pleasant Volley church, aud Bro. Enoch L. Brow- 
or, of tho Barren Ilidge church, also preached a 
sermon. At our oommuuion services Bro. J. M. 
Oline, of my home district, and brethren E, L. 
Brower, S. Garber and Georgo l'hilipa, of the 
Barren ltidge district, came to our assistance iu 
the administration of the Word. As an immedi- 
ate visible result of our labors, six dear souls 
were added to the Father's kingdom by baptism. 
There are two more applicants for tho future, aud 
others are, seemingly, near the kingdom. 

Levi Gaiiiiek. 

From Live Oak Church, Tex. 

Nov. 5, family aud self boarded the train at Vir- 
den, 111., for Weatherford, Texas, where we ar- 
rived safoly Nov. 7. We were met by brethren 
W. B. Buckley aud Henry Brubaker, of Montague 
couuty. Bro. Henry had beeu preaching in the 
Live Oak church for some time, but, ou account 
of tho inclemency of tho weather, did not have 
very large audiences. Wo held a love-feast; also 
had council-meeting. A brother who had been 
expelled was restored again. 

Brethren wo desire to be remembered at a 
throne of grace. Wo realize that there are souls 
hero that need to bo more perfectly taught iu ref- 
erence to the glorious goBpel of Christ. We feel 
our weakueBs in regard to performing the various 
duties before us. If brethren and Bisters in those 
large churches could only realize the great bleBS- 
iug they enjoy, no doubt they would sympathize 
with the isolated. 

Wo hove a good cIubb of people here, who, as a 
general thing, respect God's people by keeping 
good order in time of worship. This speaks well 
for any community. 

We would be glad to have Brethren locate 
among us and help carry on the good work, but 
desire those ouly who live out tho principles of 
the doctrine of Christ in non-conformity to the 
world, as well as iu everything else. For further 
information addreBS the writer, enclosing stamp. 
J. S. Buckley. 

From Nora Springs, Iowa. 

Ouit feast on the evening of Nov. 13 was enjoy- 
able. Many of our dear brethren aud sisters from 
adjoining churches wore with us, as well as our 
dear brother, Win. Eikenberry, of Waterloo, who 
labored hard in assisting the Brethren to get 
a house of worship. Bro. Marcus J:\.\vler, of 
Chickasaw county, Eld. J. F. Eikenberry, and 
Bro. Wm. Hipes, of Cold Water, Butler Co., were 
with us. Nov. 14 tho dedicatory sermon was 
preached by Bro. Marcus Fowler, from 1 Chron. 
■'■'■ S May God grant that the impressions that 
were made on the minds of the audience may ever 
be kept sacred, that the house may in truth bo 
called " tho Lords house." G. M. Noah, 



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£g"Do not mix business with articles for publication. Keep 
your communications on separate sheets from all business. 

E5^-Tiiuc is precious. We always have time to attend to 
business and to answer questions of importance, but please do 
nol subject us to needless answering of letters. 

gsy The M iessengeb is mailed each week to all subscribers. 
II the address is correctly entered on our list, the paper must 
reach the person to whom it is addressed. If you do not get 
your paper, write us, giving particulars. 

H^-When changing your address, please give your former 
as well as your FUTURE address in lull, so as to avoid delay 
and misunderstanding. 

frg-Reinlltnnccs should be made by Post-office Money Or- 
der, Drafts on New York or Chicago, or Registered Letters, 
made payable and addressed to " Brethren's Publishing Co., 
Mount Morris, 111.," or " Brethren's Publishing Co., Hunting- 
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unless you send with them 25 cents each, to pay for collection. 

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Mount Morris, 111 , 



Jan. 1, 1889. 



We are sorry to say that our folding 
oaohine will not paste the enlarged 
pnper. We are compelled to send it out, for the 
present, unpasted. 



Two were received by baptism in the West 
Branch church, 111., Dec. 10. 



Bito. Enoch Eby is kept busy at work among 
the churches in Kansas. May the Lord bless his 
labors for the good of Zion. 

Bno. Jos. C. Lahman and wife will spend the 
winter in Florida. His address will be, after this 
date, Hawthorn, Alachua Co., Florida. 



By Bpecial request, Bro. A. S. Culp, of Monticel- 
lo, Ind., will begin a meeting near Chesterville, 
Douglass Co., 111., January 1st and continue for 
some time. 

Sister. Lizzie Green, of Eldorada, Kans., wants 
the addross of Susanua C. Shiply. When last 
heard from she was at Marion, Kans. Who will 
send the address? 



Bro. David B. Eby, of Yellow Creek, 111., has 
been laboring for the Brethren in the Rock Grove 
and Cold Water churches, Iowa. We hope to 
have a report of the meetings. 



Sister Abigail Wolfe, of Bockford, Floyd Co., 
Iowa, would like to have the address of Wm. 
AVolfe. He left his home to go to Mason City 
Oct. 21, 18SG, and has not been heard of since. 

Bno. S. H. Miller, of Waterloo, Iowa, has been 
holding meetings in Clayton Co., that State, at a 
mission point. At last report two had applied 
for baptism, and others were almoBt persuaded. 

Bno. D. S. Eeplogle, of Maria, Pa., under 
date of Dec. 10, '83, reports a good meeting in 
progress in the Woodbury church. Bro. Flory, 
of Virginia, was with them, and one had applied 
for baptism. .__ 

The Brethren of the Logan's Creek church, 
Ohio, have been enjoying some good meetings. 
Bro. Isaac Erantz preached for them. Ten had 
been received by baptism and the meetings were 
to be continued. 

Bro. Sharp informs us that there are one hun- 
dred and forty-one studeuts enrolledat McPherson. 
We nre glad to note the prosperity of the new 
school in KausaB. We also learn that the outlook 
for the future of the school is good. 



The Brethren of Lost Creek congregation, 
Juniata Co., Pa., contemplate holding a series of 
meetings, to begin Jan. 5th, 1889. Bro. D. F. 
Stouffer, of Washington Co., Md., will be with 
and labor for them. 



Bro. H. W. Strickler, of Loraine, 111., visited 
and preached for the Brethren at Mt. Morris on 
Dec. 10. He paid a visit to the Editorial Sanctum, 
but we did not have the pleasure of meeting him 
there, as we were absent from home at the time. 
His son is attending school at this place. 

We have a communication from Pipe Creek, 
Md., reporting Bro. Early's visit to the church at 
that place, and the writer's visit to Baltimore. No 
name is signed to the communicatisn, otherwise 
it would have been published in full. The report 
says four were added to the church by baptism. 

Bro. Samuel Petry, of Good's Mill, "Va., says 
that Bro. J. M. Mohler closed his labors with 
them, Dec. 14. The meetings resulted in thirty- 
two accessions to the church. Surely we may re- 
joice with the Brethren in Virginia. May the 
good work continue! Bro. Mohler is still laboring 
in that State. 

Bro. B. F. Moomaw, of Bonsacks, Va., gives us 
a short report of work in that part of the field. 
He says: 

" Brother Henry C. Early, of Augusta Co., Va , has been 
preaching for us in Botetourt county for about a week. We 
have large congregations each night. The attention is good 
and some interest apparent. His subjects are well selected, 
and well developed, as well as forcibly impressed and well 
applied. We fondly hope lor good results. D. C. Moomaw 
is in Lunenburg Co., Va , working with the new plant, organ- 
ized August Sth, with eight members, a minister and deacon 
insla led into office. This is a new field. He reports, as the 
result of one week's work, twenty conversions. The meeting 
is to continue indefinitely." 



TllltEE 

Oak, Kiiui 



'ore received into the church at Bu 
s, on Thanksgiving Day. 



Bro. J. W. says four were received 
Braver Creek church, Va., Dec. 3, '88. 



Orders for Brethren's Quarterly, first quarter 
of 188!), should be sent in at once. 

Bro. Henry F. Crist has changed his post- 
otlioe address to Gardner, Johnson Co., Kans. 

Two were baptizsd and one reclaimed on 
Thanksgiving Day in the Naperville church, 111. 

Bro. I. J. BosENBEitaKR closed Mb meetings at 
New Haven, Michigan with nine additions to the 
church. 

The brethren of the Ludlow church, Darke Co., 
Ohio, held an interesting series of meetings re- 
oantly. Cm- was added to the fold. 



Bno. Jas. E. Gish, of Stuttgart, Arkansas Co., 
Ark., wants the address of a minister or elder, 
liviDg in or near Crawford Co., Pa., by the name of 
L. G. Devon. Will some one please forward the 
address at once? ^_^_ 

Bko. S. S. Mohler, in sending for the 
ry Messenger for six months, says, 

" The enclosed names for Gospel Messenger a 
ary copies, excepting Mt. View, are new points I ai 
My idea is to pave the way for work, and it is the 
cessful method. You sent on request, eight or ten 
Mt. View during 'S6. Now there are nearly forty 
there. We baptized there a goodly number, among then 
Methodists and Baptists. One was a Methodist minister foi 



opening 
nly suc- 



AS we enter upon the New Tear, let us with 
humble boldness renew our diligence in the serv- 
ice of the Master. We have a Leader who is 
worthy of our best service, and of our highest en- 
deavor. May we not now resolve to make the 
year 18S9 a marked one in our Christian progress, 
in our 'labors for the church and for humanity? 
There is labor for all, and such labor as will bring 
the most abundant reward to all who will engage 
in it. The reward is two-fold, it results in better- 
ing our condition in this life, and of eternal life in 
the end. We know in whom we trust, for the 
Lord is our strength. May we not then, dear read- 
era, 

"Go forth ! firm faith in every heart, 
Bright hope in every helm: 
Through that shall pierce no fiery dart, 

And this no fear o'erwhelm. 
Go in the spirit and the might 

Of Him who led the way, 
Close with the legions of the night, 
Ye children of the day." 



Bro. Silas Hoover closed his meetings at the 
Brothers' Valley meeting-house, Pa., Dec. 12, with 
four additions to the church by baptism. 



TnE members of the Dayton church, Ohio, are 
distributing the missionary Messenger. They 
feel that the Dayton church has been somewhat 
neglected, and as a result it has suffered loss. We 
hope the Brethren will look after the Lord's work 
in this growing City. A great field for useful- 
ness is hero opened und ii should n" 1 b aeg- 
livted. 



A brother who is well qualified to pass an 
opinion on such matters said, in speaking of the 
missionary number of the Gospel Messenger, 
that the articles contained in that issue were de- 
cidedly the best and moBt thoughtful ever before 
sent out through our church paper. We are glad 
to know that the labora of our correspondents and 
editors are appreciated, but are sorry that the 
edition was not nearly large enough to supply 
the demand. We printed thirty thousand copies 
and already we have many more orders than we 
can fill. AVe are now well satisfied that fifty 
thousand copies could have been judiciously dis- 
tributed. It is the cheapest tract that can be 
published, and we are persuaded that it will do 
much good. We ask thoBe who have received 
them to distribute them judiciously. Don't lay 
them away and forget to give them out. They 
will only do good as they are distributed judici- 
ously. 



RAILROAD ARRANGEMENTS FOR OUR NEXT 
ANNUAL MEETING. 

The advantage of having some one who is fa- 
miliar with the railroad business appointed to at- 
tend to secure rates for those who desire to at- 
tend onr Annual Conference, will be apparent to 
all who read the letter given below. Heretofore 
it was impossible to have the rate question settled 
until within a short time before the meeting, and 
the uncertainty regarding the cost of travel kept 
many away. Again, it will be noticed that tickets 
will be good for sixty days from the opening day 
of sale. This will give our Brethren and friends 
ample opportunity to viBit in the East, both be- 
fore and after the Annual Meeting. Our general 
railroad agent, Mr. G. L. McDonaugh, has placed 
us under renewed obligations for his promptness 
and for the favorable conditions made by the rail- 
road. We herewith give his letter: 



Jan. 1, 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER. 



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Washington, D. C , ) 
Editor Gost-el Messenger, Dec. 20, iSSS. \ 

Mt. Morris, III., 

Dear Sir:— 

You can announce that Mr. Chas. 
O. Scull, General Passenger Agent of the B. & O. R. R , 
agreed to day that tickets to the next Annual Meeling (which 
will be held in June, 1SS9, at Harrisonburg, Va.) will be 
placed on sale at one fare for the round trip over their lines 
St. Louis and Chicago, and all intermediate points, on 



May 25, to June 10, iNSo, inclu 



Tickets lo be good for 



1 passage until July 25, itSSn, with privilege of stopping 



of the Ohio River, and of 
■< east of the Ohio River. lie 
in the West to put tickets on 
ivill also try and 



retu 

sither direction 
stopping off in both direction 
will request all connecting line! 
sale on same dates with same li 
range for the Brethren in East Tennessee to get tickets O' 
their lines via Lynchburg and Lexington, Va. 

He will also have on sale at Harrisonburg, excursion tick- 
ets to all points on B. & O , or points contiguous to It in 
Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia or West Virginia, at re- 
duced rates. As the Brethren's return tickets, In many cases, 
will be good via Harper's Ferry, these excursion tickets will 
read from Harper's Ferry to destination and return, thus sav- 
ing their paying fare twice over the line between Harrison- 
burg and Harper's Ferry. Publish this as a New Year's pres- 
ent. Yours Iruly, 

G. L. McDonaugii, 
Gen. R. R. Agt. 

NEW YEAR'S GREETING. 

To all of our readers, old and new, we send a 
hearty New Year's greeting. May the year of 
grace, 1889, upon which we enter to-day, be full 
of both spiritual and temporal blessings to us all, 
and may those who live to see its close, realize 
that we have made some progress in the divine 
life. 

As we enter upon the labors and duties of this 
new year, we feel more than ever the great respon- 
sibilities resting upon us as editors and publish- 
ers of our church paper. As we come to know 
more and more of the wide-reaching influence of 
the Messenger ; and that it may be a power for 
good or for ill in our hands, we feel more than ev- 
er before our inability, to conduct the paper so 
that God's name may be glorified and the church 
and humanity benefited, without the help of the 
Lord. Feeling this so sensibly, we ask our breth- 
ren and sisters, and all God-fearing people, to pray 
for \is that we may have wisdom to write and se- 
lect for the Messenger only such matter as will 
be for the good of all and for the glory of God; 
patience for the trials that may come to us in our 
work, courage to stand firmly for the truth as it 
is in Jesus, and that, as the months come and go, 
there may be less of self and more of Christ in 
all our work. 

And what we ask for oursolves we desire for all 
who may contribute to the columns of the Mes- 
senger during the coming year. May the first 
thought in every contributor's mind be " Christ 
and him crucified." Let not self appear in a sin- 
gle line that is written, but let the good of the 
cause which we all love so well and for which we 
labor, be the burden of our hearts. Let the aim 
be to improve on the past. Let the essays and 
correspondence show that we have learned true 
humility in the school of Christ, and above all, 
brethren and sisters, let no personalities mar the 
pages of our Messenger for 1889. 

If anything should appear in the Messenger 
that does not fully meet your approval, do not 
feel that you must indulge in personalities to set 
the brother or sister right. If you feel called up- 
on to reply to an article, do not write as if your 
brother were your opponent and that, in order to 
settle the matter, you must indulge in personal 
thrusts. These only show weakness and a lack 
of the true spirit of Christ. Discuss principles, 
not men, always remembering that your brother 
may be as hone9t as yourself in the views he 
holds. There are minor questions upon which 



differences of opinion obtain among us, and a cour- 
teous and Christian-like interchange of views, 
with an earnest desire to find the truth, will be of 
benefit to all. None of us have as yet apprehend- 
ed all the truth. AVe have only gathered a fow 
pebbles on the shore. The great ocean of God's 
truth and his love is still before us. " For now we 
see through a glass darkly," but we shall, if faith- 
ful, after a while, " see face to face." Tho'spirit of 
lovo and good will should pervade all our writings, 
and if it doe 3 , we shall have a Messenger for this 
year that will only breathe the spirit of Christ. 

When you write, do so with a prayerful heart. 
If the minister of the Gospel, when called upon to 
preach the AVord to a congregation of a few hun- 
dred, feels the' necessity of asking God's help, how 
muoh more do we need divine aid when writing 
for the Messenger I Remember that yon are 
reaching thousands of readers, among whom are 
many thinking men and women who will read and 
examioe your articles, testing them by the Stand- 
ard of all truth. This thought and the faot that 
we shall be called upon in the end to give an ac- 
count of our writing, should inako us careful and 
prayerful. Let our essays and correspondence bo 
thoughtful and well seasoned with grace. Let ev- 
ery word, line, sentence, and paragraph of your 
arlicles be carefully examined before sending 
them in for publication, and theo, having done 
our best, let us trust in God for tho result. 

And, finally, Christian fellow-workers, whoever 
you are and whatever your lot in life may be, 
whether you write for tho Messenger or read 
what others write, let us one and all gird up our 
loins for another year's earnest .endeavor for tho 
right and for God. Let this year bo one long to 
be remembered in the history of our church, and 
in the life of each one of us. And this it will be, 
if we but do our whole duty. A hundred thou- 
sand earnest workers, each one having a deep con- 
viction of God's trnth fixed firmly in the heart, 
goiDg out as one man to do battle for tho Lord, 
can, under His blessing and guidance, do a won- 
derful work in winning souls from sin and death. 
Shall we not do this? May we not hope for more 
self-consecration, and more work for the Lord, in 
the church this year than ever bofore? And now 
may " the grace of the Lord Jeans Christ, and the 
love of God, and the communion of the Holy 
Ghost, be with you all! " 



THE ENLARGED MESSENGER. 

For several years we have been looking for- 
ward to the time when we might be enabled to en- 
large the Messenger, and now, under God's bless- 
ing, we have, to some extent, at least, realized our 
expectations in this direction. We send out this 
week the enlarged paper, and we trust that out- 
brethren and friends will appreciate our efforts to 
improve our church paper. The paper as en- 
larged is three inches wider and four inches long- 
er, and contains about four hundred and fifty 
square inches of reading matter more than the 
old form. The pages of reading matter in the old 
form were 8J by 12 inches; in tho new they are 
9| by 13,2 inches. 

The expense of enlarging the Messenger has 
been quite heavy, and will continue to bo so, the 
postage alone costing about $130 a year more than 
formerly. Then the cost of paper, type and type- 
setting, changing presses, makes the outlay a largo 
one, larger than we at first thought it would be, 
but wo are willing to make these sacrifices, believ- 
ing that our brethren and sisters will help us in 
this work, We do not ask you for money, but we 



do ask you to make an effort to secure a few new 
names for the Messenger. In every neighbor- 
hood there are some who will take the paper if 
solicited to do so. Where we have agents, you can 
greatly assist them in the work. If each subscrib- 
er will secure only one new name, our list will be 
doubled. We do not expeot this, but we do be- 
lieve that very many of our readers will help us 
in this way to bear the burden of enlarging the 
Messenger. 

Our brethren who are in charge of churches can 
also assist greatly by publicly requesting the 
members to subscribe for the paper. We ask you 
to rend Bro. J. T. Meyers' suggestions as to in- 
creasing the circulation and usefulness of the 
Messenger. A word of encouragement from the 
elders will help our agents, ami many who do not 
now take the paper will get it and be benefited by 
it. 

Our agents are working nobly, and very many 
of them have sent in increased lists, and others 
say they are working hard and that the prospects 
ore encouraging. We are thankful to you, one and 
all, for what you have done ami are still doing in 
Ibis direction. We depend largely upon your en- 
orgy for an increased circulation. Now that the 
new year has come, and with it the enlarged pa- 
por, please make an extra canvass for names. 
Show tho new paper, call attention to its size, to 
its contents, and to tho fact that, all tilings consid- 
ered, tho subscription prico is lower than any re- 
ligions paper published. See that every family 
in the churoh has an opportunity to subscribe for 
it, for surely our church paper ought to be in ev- 
ery member's family. A strong effort made now, 
nt the opening of the year, will result in adding 
many new names to your lists. 

To our renders, our ministers, our agents we 
come, asking your help. Wo know that the Mes- 
senger is doing a good work. Hundreds of let- 
ters testify to the spiritual advantage our readers 
are gaining from its columns. It is helpful to all, 
—it will, if properly conducted, unify the church, 
increase our love for each other, ami point us all 
to a higher Christian life. When you work to in- 
crease its circulation and its usefulness, you may 
feel that you are engaging in a good work, a work 
upon which you can ask God's blessing. Will you 
come to our help? On our part we shall, as ed- 
itors, labor as God gives us ability to make the 
Messenger a sweet-toned, helpful Christian jour- 
nal, a credit to our church and a blessing to hu- 
manity, one that all may labor for with the con- 
sciousness that they are working in a good cause, 
and for a noble purpose. And may God's blessing 
rest on all our efforts, for good and for the ad- 
vancement of his cause. 

LEAVES FROM OUR NOTE-BOOK. 

Dr. McCosh, of Princeton, says that there are, 
in the United States, more than fifteen hundred 
Christian men and women pledged to enter the 
foreign mission fields for Christian work. Among 
all this number we do not suppose there is one 
connected with the Brethren Church. And yet 
we claim to be the people of God— the true apos- 
tolic church. Now we ask, in all candor, how does 
the practice of our church in mission work com- 
pare with the apostolic church? Think of how 
the apostles traveled from one country to another, 
from city to city, until churches were estabbshed 
all over the then inhabited country. If foreign 
nations had to depend on our church for the gos- 
pel, would they get it? Even in our own country 
there are a number of States in which there is 



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Jan. 1, ISS'J. 






not a single Brethren church, Should we not 
consider this matter Beriously? Oar heart swells 
with emotion as these questions come up before 
us. We talk about our church prospering; we say 
it is spreading out all over the West! Well, we 
are glad for this prosperity; but, after all, how 
many churches have been organized, how many 
meeting-houses have been built, and how many 
additions to the church have there been during 
the year 1HSS? Have we organized a dozen new 
churches, or built a dozen meeting-houses? Have 
we had over three thousand additions to the 
church? Wo mean, during the last year. Why, 
there were three thousand added to the old apos- 
tolic church in one day I We should not feel that 
we are doing great things for the Lord because a 
fow thousand are added yearly to our number. 
And yet there are those who do feel that they are 
mighty men in the Lord's army, and that the 
world is being converted because, through their 
ministry in old and established congregations, 
where they are well fed and paid, some come to 
the chnrch. We write thuB, not to censure the 
church, neither do we underrate what some of our 
brethren are doing. We merely want to call at- 
tention to things as they really exist. We tell 
you, brethren, there is no cause for glorying in 
our great victories for the Lord. The best thing 
for us to do is to repent of our inactivity and neg- 
ligence, and go to work more after the apostolic 
order. Then, too, what is most interesting our 
young meu and women? Are they becoming 
teachers of the Word? Do many of them think 
about going out into the mission fields, there to 
spend and be spent for the cause that should be 
dearest to every Christian heart? Or are they 
entering the various callings, or professions, with 
a view to making money, and living a life of lux- 
ury and ease? If such is the case, what is the 
cause ? 

The first thiug Gideon did, after he was called 
by the Lord to lead the Israelites to victory, was 
to deBtroy the idol in his father's house. Ho cut 
down the idol and the groves that surrounded it, 
and there, right where the idol stood, made an of- 
fering unto the Lord. To-day we still have a 
conflict, not with flesh aud blood, neither are the 
weapons of our warfare carnal, but spiritual. This 
conflict every Christian has, and if we expect to 
be good soldiers of the Cross, and achieve grand 
victories, we must first destroy every species of 
idolatry. Of course, we do not worship images, 
as did the Israelites, but we may have idols firm- 
ly Bet in our hearts. Whatever we love more 
than God js an idol; whatever we love more than 
the truth is an idol. Covetouaness is said to be 
idolatry. A very small thing may become a sort 
of au idol to us. Let us guard carefully our 
hearts against idolatry, because wo can gain no 
victories over our enemy until we destroy every 
vestige of it. It is money-worship, pleasure-wor- 
ship, faBhion-worBhip, and self-worship that are 
weakening many a Christian soldier and destroy- 
ing the power of the Church. 



From a brother who sends a long list of sub- 
ecribers, we have the following: 

"I am not like the brother I see a notice of in the Mkssen- 
ghk, who, because he uses tobacco, wants his paper stopped. 
I like the weekly visits of the paper. I am using the weed. I 
believe it is good for my health, but we should not use too 

much." 

This breathes the proper spirit. We'thiuk our 
brother is wrong; we do not by any means believe 
that tobacco is good for his health, but in this we 



differ, and because of his excellent spirit we love 
and respect him. We do not say that he musi 
quit using it, simply because 10c think it is a 
useless, filthy, and injurious habit. We are will- 
ing to bear with him, but we will feel it our duty 
to try to convert him, and all our tobacco users. 
We should stand firm in our convictions as long 
as we feel that they are founded on truth, but 
when we see we are wrong, we should yield. Some 
persons glory in their firmness, but, unattended 
with the desire to know the truth, and to yield to 
it, firmness is no virtue. Let all remember this. 
Our tobacco users will please remember that the 
anti-tobacco articles are not intended to hurt your 
feelings, but to do you good. Please accept them 
in this way, and then they will cause no offense. 
J. B. B. 



Notes from our Correspondents. 



,— Bro. A. G. Whitmer, of Dauforth, 111., writes: 
"Bro. E. L- Brower, of Waynesboro, Va., gave us 
a short, but interesting, call Dec. 7. He was on 
his way to Iowa and Kansas." 

— The Brethren at Sunfield, Mich., we are in- 
formed by Bro. Solomon C. Smith, had an inter- 
esting Thanksgiving meeting. Their council- 
meeting, Dec. 18th, passed off pleasantly. 

— Bro. George Brubaker, of the Howard church, 
Iud, informs us that Bro. L. W. Teeter closed a 
very interesting series of meetings, Nov. 25, after 
delivering twenty-two sermons. As an immediate 
result two souls came out on the Lord's side, and 
others are deeply impressed. 

— From Juniata, Adams Co., Nebr., Eld. D. 
Bechtelheimer writes: "We commenced a Beries 
of meetings Nov. 18, and continued it for two 
weeks. Our new meeting-house was dedicated 
Nov. 25. Bro. C. L. Holsinger, of Illinois, did the 
preaching, by which saints were built up and sin- 
ners warned to flee the wrath to come." 

— Eld. Samuel Murray, of River, Ind., writes: 
" We closed a very interesting and profitable se- 
ries of meetings a few days ego. Bro. W. R. 
Deeter preached twenty-two telling sermons. One 
dear sister felt the burden of her sin, and request- 
ed baptism, while many others are deeply im- 
pressed. May the Lord lead them to the Truth! " 

— Sister Rachel A. Pfoutz, of Linwood, Md., un- 
der date of Nov. 2G, writes: " We have just closed 
a very interesting series of meetings in the Pipe 
Creek church, Bro. Henry Early, of Virginia, 
was with us and preached the Word with power. 
At the close of the meeting there was one appli- 
cant for baptism, and at this wi'iting one more has 
been made willing to forsake sin and join in with 

— Bro. James Kennedy, of the Chippewa 
Creek church, Rodney, Mich., writes: "With 
great joy we announce that during our prayer- 
meeting three precious souls came out on the 
Lord's side. This church has twenty-two mem- 
bers, but no resident minister. A great deal of 
good might be done if some faithful brother 
would move here, and build up the Lord's cause 
at this place." 

— " The members of the Slate Creek church, 
near Couway Springs, Kans.," writes Bro. J. B. 
Thompson, "seem to be alive in the Master'B 
cause. Nov. 17 was our quarterly couucil, when 
it waB decided to hold a series of meetings in the 
near future. We miss our dear brother and sister 
Wise, but hope that their labors may be blessed 
in their new home. Bro. Metzger and daughter 
stopped with us on their way home from Texas. 
Bro. Metzger preached several sermons for us, 
He is an earnest worker ia $be Master's cause.'- 



— A sad accident is reported by Bro. John A. 
Myers, of Hutchinson, Kaus. He writes: "On 
Sunday, Dec. 9, the cry of 'Eire!' was heard at 
Bro. D. B. Myers'. It was discovered that the 
barn had been set on fire by little Grover, the 
four-year-old son of Bro. D. B. and sister Charity 
Myers. The charred remains of the child were 
found two hours afterwards, it having been im- 
possible to rescue him." 

— We are informed by Bro. J. Zern, of Beaver 
Creek church, near Lnshton, York county, Ne- 
braska, that five additions to the church are 
the fruits of the labor bestowed upon that part of 
the vineyard. He further states: "There are on- 
ly two ministers here, — Bro. Peter Eahrney and 
the writer. Having no meeting-house, we labor 
under great disadvantages, but hope that the Lord 
will help us in his own good time." 

— From Bro. Geo. E. Stone, of the New Haven 
church, Mich,, we have the following: " Bro. I. J. 
Rosenberger has been preaching for us for some 
time. Seven were added to the church by bap- 
tism, and two restored. White the meetings were 
in progress, Bro. E. Bosserman (of our church) 
made a flying trip, about seventy miles north- 
west. He was gone only thirty-six hours, held 
one meeting, baptized three, held a communion 
and preached a funeral. This may i^roperly be 
called ' being about our Father's business.' " 

— Bro, Luther Bedel, of the New Hope church, 
near Chestnut Ridge, Jackson Co., Iud., writes: 
"Our love-feast, Nov. 23, was a pleasant occasion 
to all. Abundant ministerial help was present, 
which helped to make the exercises of the meet- 
ing interesting and profitable to all. There are 
only a few members in this immediate neighbor- 
hood, anil wo have preaching only every three 
months by the brethren Bent by the Mission Board. 
May we not hope that some minister will come to 
us, and build us up in that most holy faith?" 

— Joyful news is Bent us by Bro. Peter B. Mess- 
ner. He writes: " During a short series of meet- 
ings, held recently near Mason, Ingham county, 
Mich., four were received into the church by bap- 
tism. The meetings were conducted by Eld. Benj. 
Eryfogle, assisted by Bro. D. Baker and the writ- 
er. Previous to this addition there were only two 
members living in that vicinity. Although about 
forty miles distant from the main body, these 
members are under the care of the Sunfield 
church. May they be as bright lights in the 
church! " 

— Bro. D. F. Kittinger writes the following 
from the Marsh Creek church, Adams Co., Pa.: 
" Nov. 29, Bro. D. Bonsacks, of Meadow Branch, 
church, Md., gave us a practical Thanksgiving dis- 
course which was greatly appreciated. Meetings 
were continued nightly at various points until 
Sunday night, with an increasing interest. A se- 
ries of meetings is now in progress on the north- 
ern border of this church. Brethren T. J. Kolb 
and D. Bonsacks have consented to labor for ua 
in the near future. Let us pray earnestly that a 
time of refreshing may come from the Lord." 

—From Lewiston, Minn., Bro. J. H. Wirt 
writes: " Brethren F. Meyers and W. H, Eisen- 
bise, of Mt. Carroll, 111., came to us on Sunday, 
Nov. 25. They preached for us twice on that day 
and every evening during the following week. Ort 
Thanksgiving day we had services in the fore- 
noon, after which we raised a collection of S17.-12 
for the Mission work. On the afternoon of that 
day, Bro. Eisenbise preached the funeral sermon 
of a little child. Next day Bro. F. Meyers con- 
ducted the funeral Eerviees of a boy, fourteen 
years of age. Saturday, at 2 P. M., we met for 
examination services, which were followed by the 
love-feast exercises. We had a pleasant meeting. 
The brethren w<Hit from hej/e to the Root River 
congregation." 



Jan. 1, 1886. 



THE GOSPEL'MESSENGER 



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— Concerning Thanksgiving services sister Liz- 
zie Fyock, of TurcLase Line, Pa, writes: "The 
members here did not consider Nov. 20th as a day 
of feasting, but endeavored to spend the day to 
the honor and glory of God. After some appro- 
priate remarks by Bro. M. Minser, a collection for 
the Mission Work was taken, and the result con- 
vinced us that much may be doDe, if only the 
proper effort is made." 

—Bro. Jacob H. FiBher, of the South Waterloo 
church, informs us that the District Meeting of 
Northern Iowa, which convened Nov. 26th, passed 
off pleasantly. He continues: " Onr Sunday- 
school closed on Sunday, Nov. 11th. The attend- 
ance throughout has been very good. Bro. 1). L. 
Miller, of Mt. Morris, 111., delivered some very 
interesting talks on ' Bible Lands,' and we were 
sorry he could not Btay longer." 



CORRESPONDENCE 



From Goodland, Sherman Co., Kans. 

Our little church is in love and union, and pros- 
pects are fair for an ingathering in the near fut- 
ure. I left my home Nov. 23 for the Cheyenne 
County church, which is at present without a 
shepherd. Onr labors were appreciated by them 
all, and we commend them for their love and zeal 
for the cause of Christ. I bade them farewell 
Nov. 26. We will be in the field most of the win- 
ter, and expect to begin a series of meetings Dec. 
18, at La Blanche, and continue one week. Health 
is good here; weather has been fine. Ministering 
brethren passing over the Chicago, Bock Island 
and Pacific E. B. will please stop at Goodland, 
where they will be met by notifying Levi Whisler 
or the undersigned. John F. Cline. 

From Southern Kansas. 

Have just returned from a two weeks' meeting 
with the Brethren of Elk Co., Kans. The church 
at this point has labored under Bome disadvan- 
tages for several years. Bro. John Murray has 
been their elder for the last four years, although 
eighty years of age. Through his untiring labors 
he has the church in very good working order. 
While we were with them, the church was made 
very sad, and many tears were shed, when Bro. 
Murray aBked for a letter, having made arrange- 
ments to go to another point where he would not 
have to travel and labor in the ministry. While 
we were with them, three were added to the church 
by baptism. Much interest seemed to be mani- 
fested, and a good feeling seemed to prevail among 
the members. As Bro. Murray will now leave 
them, they will be very much in need of help in 
the ministry. This would be a good point for 
some brother in the ministry. Who will come? 
Sidney Hodgden. 

From Mulberry Church, 111. 

We commenced a series of meetings on the ev- 
ening of Nov. 9. Eld. D. B. Gibson did the 
preaching. While there were no additions to the 
church, we do not think that the work was in vain, 
as the church was greatly built up in the most ho- 
ly faith, and we all could say, " It was good to be 
there." Our meetings closed on the evening of 
Nov. 18. 

From here Bro. Gibson went to Montgomery 
county, under the auspiceB of the Mission Board, 
—a point where we have pieeting once a month, 



Commencing meetings Nov. 10, he preached and 
labored earnestly until Friday evening, Nov. MO. 
As an immediate result, three were baptized, and 
there is one applicant. Many others are almost 
persuaded to become Christians. A better inter- 
est we never saw anywhere. Mauy said that they 
learned more at that meetiug than at any meeting 
they ever attended. By the earnest request of 
the X)eople we wrote to Bro. Gibson to oome back 
immediately, as the interest was so great. He re- 
turned again ou Thursday evening, Dec. 6, and 
preached over Sunday, wheu one more made ap- 
plication. There are now two applicants for bap- 
tism, and eleven members, in all, at that place. 
Prospects are good to build up a church. Many 
of the different churches acknowledge their error. 
A good miuister should move among them, to keep 
the little Hock together. They have a fine coun- 
try, and good laud, and ministers desirous of 
cbangiug locations, should address the under- 
signed for further information. 

Henry Lilligh. 
Wolmrn, 111. 

From Maple Grove Church, Norton Co., Kans. 

This congregation held its quarterly council 
Dec. 1. Eld. Isaac Studebaker, of Quinter, Kans., 
who has charge of this congregation, waB present; 
also Eld. P. B. Porter, of Jewell Co., Kans., and 
Bro. J. W. Jarboe, who has moved into this con- 
gregation from Douglas Co., Kans. All business 
was transacted in love and union. Many tears of 
joy were shed before the meeting closed. Two 
members united with us at our council by letter. 
Bro. J. W. Jarboe is a minister in the second de- 
gree, and will be very useful to this congregation, 
in spreading the gospel. Eleven members have 
united with us since our communion, Sept. 15,- 
nine by letter and two by baptism. Our council 
was held in the Pleasant Hill school-house. 

The Brethren continued meeting there on Sat- 
urday night, Sunday and Sunday night, which 
closed the meetings there for the present, after 
which Eld. P. B. Porter and wife left us for home. 
Eld. Isaac Studebaker remained here to preach in 
the Murphy school-house, and in the Lone H 
Bchool-houBe, after which he will go to other fields 
of labor. 

Brethren, desiring to change their location, 
should look at our country before locating, pro- 
viding they are willing to labor with and for the 
church. ' G- M. Throne, 



From Salem, Nebr, 

On the evening of Nov. 9 was the first of our se- 
ries of meetings, in the meeting-house in Salem, 
Nebr., which so many of our kind brethren and 
sisters helped to build. 

The meetings were conducted by Bro. J. S. 
Mohler, and, with au interruption of three days, 
continued until Sunday night, Dec. 2. Seven 
were added by baptism, and a number were al- 
most persuaded. Others may come soon. 

We need more preaching by faithful brethren. 
The harvest here is great. We need reapers. _ We 
pray for them. The people of the town and vicin- 
ity aro agitated by deep convictions. May God 
direct the means of bringing many into the peace, 
holy fellowship and love of the church. 

I received $2 50 from sister Catharine Eshel- 
man and two other sisters of her vicinity, whose 
names I have lost. The . money was thankfully 
received and will apply to our church debt, which 
is not yet all paid. We hope and toil on in love 
to the great cause. Pray for the church at Salem ! 

E. M. SuMI'STEIN. 

From Lincoln County, West Va. 

Nov. 2, in answer to a call made by the writer, 

brethren Biner and Evans, of Fayette county, 

came to onr place for tho purpose of preaching 



my mother's funeral, and to anoint the writer with 
oil, in the name of the Lord. While here, the 
brethren preached four sermons, to very atten- 
tive congregations. This is the first time that the 
Brethren have been hore for seveu years. Wife 
and I aro living isolated from the church. We 
were made, to rejoice when those dear brethren 
came to us. None can tell how desolate one feels 
away from the church, excepting thoBe similarly 
oiroumstanced. Brethren and sisters, pray for ub, 
aud if any of you can come to us, here in the hills 
of West Virginia, how glad we will be to Bee you! 
J. H. Starkey. 

From the Roaim Church, Iud. 

We held our love. feast Oct. 18, aud a pleasant 
feast it was, iudeed. The assembly at this meet- 
ing was small, ou account of much rain and some 
political gatherings near by, but better order I 
never saw at a meetiug of this kind. Eld. B. H. 
Miller, of North Manchester, officiated. This 
church is at peace and in a spirit of union. Ten 
have been admitted into the fold during the pres- 
ent year by baptism; many of them were heads of 
families. May they all prove true workers iu the 
vineyard of the Lord and in the end be saved, is 
my prayer. This church contemplates holding a 
Beries of meetings in tho near future, after which 
I may write and tell the result of tho meetings. 
Joseph John. 

Nov. r>, Mia. 

Wayside Gleanings. 

The Kaskaskia church, Fayette Co., III., recently 
had a very refreshing series of meeting-?, con- 
ducted by Eld. H. W. Striokler, of Loraine, Adams 
Co., 111. Meetings commenced Sept. 10 and closed 
Nov. 4. . None were added to the church, but 
tho waste places of Zion were much built up, and 
the saints edified and better qualified to fight the 
battles of the Lord. Nov. 3 Bro. Strickler assist- 
ed us in holding our quarterly council. He left 
for home Nov. 5, followed by the well-wishes of 
all lovers of truth. 

We Lelda special council-meeting Nov. 17, and 
tho members seem to think it was the most profit- 
able meeting of the kind that we have held since 
our organization, about two years ago. Although 
young as a church, we have had onr portion of the 
cares, trials and dark clouds incident to our 
Christian warfare, and a newly-organized soci- 
ety, with nearly all new members. 

Perhaps some brethren, in old and well-estab- 
lished churches, little realize the weight of respon- 
sibility that rests upon a young and inexperienced 
elder of such a church, with no old brethren to 
consult for advice, and but one or two members 
who ever attended a council-meoting prior to our 
own. We desire the prayers of the Brotherhood 
in our behalf that grace may be given unto us for 
our day of trial. As school work and home du- 
ties forbid my doing any aggressive work for the 
Master this winter, I hereby, in behalf of the hun- 
gry and starving souls in this part of God's realm, 
invite any ministers, who are loyal to our distinct- 
ive features as a church, separate from the world, 
to come among us and labor for the upbuilding of 
our beloved Zion. 

Perhaps some may think we are asking rather 
much of brethren, to sacrifice their time, and un- 
dergo expenses for our sakes, but if they could un- 
derstand our condition to its full extent,— men of 
family going to church barefooted, children with- 
out sufficient clothing to go to school, or attend 
church, and families living for days and months 
on bread and coffee— they would realize its disad- 
vantages. Poverty, not in song or story, but in 
reality, has hindered us from responding to the 
missionary call for aid, and we feel a little back- 
ward about asking aid, 



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THE GOSPEL MESSENGER. 



No doubt you are ready to ask, What is the 
matter with your land and the people? Our land 
land is fair, and can be made productive and pay- 
ing. A little over two year's sojourn among the 
people convinces me that they are as kind-hearted 
and sociable a set of people as are to be found in 
Illinois, Heretofore they neglected the clearing, 
cultivating aud improving of their land. They 
lived, to a very great extent, by making and haul- 
ing railroad ties, and as the tie timber is nearly 
all gone, it will be a long, hard struggle for them 
to adapt themselves to the new order of things, 
and be thoroughly qualified to make mother earth 
yield her increase. I do not wish to exaggerate, 
but I think that Brethren with email means could 
do well here, as unimproved land is selling at $3 
to $5 per acre, and I am not sorry that we cast 
our lot in this place. 

With all of their poverty, people use tobacco as 
lavishly here as elsewhere, and if some of our 
dear brethren who spend a part of their abund- 
ance to satisfy their depraved appetite, could see 
some of their unfortunate brethren of poverty, 
spending their money for the same purpose, thus 
making their wives and innocent children do with- 
out the common comforts of life, methinks that 
they would follow the advice of Annual Meeting, 
and not only set a good example, but help to low- 
er the income of the tobacconist and raise more 
money for the upbuilding of Zion. I have known 
men without bread enough to last a week, to Bpend 
more than half of their day's wages for the weed. 
May we all live more devoted to the cause of 
Christ, is my prayer! Granville Neyinoer. 

From Monmouth, Kans. 

Our dear old brother, John Metzger, arrived 
here on his way back from Texas, and began 
meeting in the Osage church, Friday night, Dec. 
7. His text was, "I am the door." The veteran 
of eighty-one winters placed before us an open 
door. 

Next night we were told to "lay aside every 
weight," and with consummate skill the weights 
were removed. 

On Sunday night we heard about the prodigal 
from the wordB, " When he came to himself," and 
it had the proper effect, for on Monday, a most 
beautiful, bright, mild day, three precious ones 
were rescued, buried, made alive, and sent on their 
way, in their youthful prime, rejoicing. 

Bro. John, considering his age, has remarkable 
strength aud power. He told us in one of his ser- 
mons that, when a young man, he was weakly, and 
the doctors limited his time on earth to one or 
two years at most. Then, like Hezekiab, he be- 
sought the Lord to spare his life until his little 
family could spare him. As they grew older, his 
prayer was that he might live to see them all safe- 
ly in the Christian fold. Then he said, "Now 
lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, Bince 
mino eyes have seen thy salvation." Not so. His 
work was not done. Other sheep the Lord had, 
and them also must he bring; and most dutifully 
and faithfully has he been about his Master' 
work. During fifty-four years he has been minis- 
ter plenipotentiary from the Superior Court, ant 
many trace their reconciliation to his earnest, lov 
ing labors. Oh, brother, pray that we may share 
with you the starry crown! James L. SwiTZER. 



From Timm City, Texas. 

We arrived at Higgins, Texas, on the night of 
Nov. 1G. Our family having arrived a few days 
later, we made our way to Lipscomb, Nov. 21. At 
Bro. Wyland's we met Bro. John Metzger, whom 
we have long since learned to know through the 
paper, but never met before. We were sorry we 
got there too late for their love-feast, but were 
glad for the privilege of meeting the same even- 



ing in the sanctuary of the Lord. Next morning 
Bro. John Metzger and sister Henricks, in com- 
pany with brother and sister Wyland, started for 
Farwell, and we to Timm City, where we are now 
penning these lines. On the evening of the 24th, 
aud on Sunday forenoon and evening, we tried to 
preach to the people of this place. The turnout 
was good, with marked attention to the word spok- 
en. So far we are well pleased with our change, 
and do not see why many more members should 
not come to the Panhandle. Here we more than 
ever realized the truthfulness of the saying, "The 
harvest is great, but the laborers are few." May 
the Bpirit of the Lord arouse his ambassadors, all 
along the line, to more active work, that sinners 
may be brought into the fold through Christ! 
N. F. BnrjBAKER. 

From Flat Rock Congregation, W. Va. 

Eld. D. F, Stouffer, of Maryland, came to us 
Nov. 0, and preached the same evening. Next 
we met for communion exercises. The at- 
tendance of members was large, — more than could 
be seated at tho tables; there were also many 
spectators. Eld. Stouffer officiated. He remained 
with us until Tuesday morning, when he started 
for home, leaving two applicants for baptism. 
Another followed soon after. These meetings 
were followed by Eld. J. M. Mohler, who came to 
us and opened meetings Nov. 22, and continued 
nine days. He preached eleven sermons, includ- 
ing a Thanksgiving sermon. He closed on Friday 
night, Nov. 30, with one more applicant. The 
first three were baptized Dec. 2; the other -will be 
eceived in the near future. Praise the Lord! 
Michael J. Good. 

From Mill Creek, Rockingham Co., Va. 

Bro. J. M. Mohler commenced preaching at 
our place on the evening of Dec. 2, and continued 
uutil the 1-itk. He preached eighteen sermons. 
The meetings were well attended. Saints were 
encouraged and sinners were persuaded to flee the 
wrath to come. Bro. Mohler is a skillful expound- 
er of the Word. He persuades people by simply 
telling them the whole Truth. As a result of his 
labors, thirty-two were buried with Christ in bap- 
tism. A. Flory. 

Meyerhoeffer's Store, Va. 

The Lunenburg- Field. 

It may be remembered by Messenger readers 
that father and I organized a church in Lunenburg 
County, Va., with eight members, Aug. S. The 
little band, thus organized, requested that we 
should give them a series of meetings at a conven- 
ient time in the near future. In response to their 
request I went to their assistance Dec. 1, and con- 
tinued the meetings till the 20th, holding evening 
service during the week, and morning and even- 
ing services on Sundays. The immediate results 
are, thirty-four baptisms, eight applicants yet to 
be baptized, and others seriously considering the 
claims of religion. We held a love-feast in the 
meeting-house on the evening of the 15th, — the 
first that was ever held in public in the county. 
It was -witnessed by a large congregation of the 
most deeply interested people I ever saw. It wi 
their first view of an Apostolic "feast of charity 
and the impressions that it made on their minds 
and hearts were indelible. Some expressed them- 
selves as if a dagger were running through theii 
souls, and others as though the last judgment was 
come and that the communicants were taken into 
the kingdom, while they were cast off. 

In an experience of twenty years of ministeriul 
work, I have never preached to a people who 
showed a deeper interest in the Gospel than these 
people did. There were several causes that led to 



condition of things. One was the heavy ex- 
ims of a hireling ministry, and another, the 
glaring inconsistencies of the doctrine and lives 
of most professors of religion with the teachings 
if the New Testament. The ministerial work 
luring the meetings was of a pronounced doc- 
trinal character, and the conversions resulted 
;rom a profound conviction of the harmony of our 
loetriue with the teachings of Christ and the 
Apostles. 
A beautiful feature of the meeting was the 
mnimity of the converts in adopting the humble,. 
unworldly rules of the church as to apparel, and 
the conventional white covering for prayer. With 
only a few days' time for preparation, the sisters 
(God bless them for their forwardness in every/ 
good work) all appeared at the memorial table, 
with their heads draped in white, — the emblem of 
Ity. Most of the acquisitions were the de- 
Ldants of the old Virginia families, renowned 
alike for their genuine hospitality and sterling ; 
grity. A more intelligent, humble, loving, pi- 
body or; brethren and sisters I never met. . 
In faith, they show patriarchal simplicity and con- 
fidence, in love and good works they abound more 
and more. 

I shall hold in perpetual, loving remembrance ■- 
their abounding kindness and sweet brotherly and 
sisterly fellowship, while I sojourned with them. . 
My sorrow in parting with them finds compensa- 
tion only in the reflection that a few years of sep-- 
ation, of toil and temptation will be followed 
by a blessed and perpetual reunion in the far-off 
home when the beautiful day of the resurrection 
dawns and we enter the gilded palace of our 
Heavenly Father together, with palms and songs 
of victory. May the Lord preserve all unto His 
coming and kingdom. D. C. Moomaw. 

From Salt Sulphur Springs, Monroe Co., W. Va. 

Our love-feast, Sept. 22 and 23, was an enjoya- 
ble occasion. The ministering brethren from a 
distance were Daniel Peters aud Daniel Naff, of 
Franklin Co., Va. It gave us a foretaste of heaven 
and of that meeting that will take place in the ev- 
ening of this world. On Sunday, Sept. 30, my 
heart was made glad to see my husband, father 
and mother, buried with Christ in baptism. Fa- 
thers and mothers, don't give up praying for your 
loved ones! Sisters, you who have a companion 
that is out of the fold, though the way seems dark, 
be faithful 1 Set your foot on the Rock Christ Je- 
sus, and keep on praying. Try this secret prayer, 
if you want to receive the foretaste of heaven! 

Bro. G. "W. Hutchison has been giving us some 
grand lessons on the doctrines of the church. It 
seems to be kindly accepted. At our meeting, 
Nov. 25, one dear sister was reclaimed. May Bhe 
now be a bright and shining light to the world! 
Gillie A. Jenkins. 

From the Lost Creek Church, Pa, 

Oct. 19 and 20 the Lost Creek church, Juniata 
Co., Pa., enjoyed another pleasant and soul-reviv- 
ing communion-meeting. On account of rain and 
muddy roads the attendance was not as large as 
usual. The expression of many present was, " We 
had a very good and enjoyable meeting." 

Preaching was continued from Friday noon to 
Sunday noon by the following named ministers: 
Eld. Charles Boyer, J. L. Beaver, and Adam Bea- 
ver, from Buffalo Valley church; Samuel Rupert, 
from Lewistown, Pa. During the meeting, two 
(man and wife) were added to the church by bap- 
tism. 

This church had, during the summer, two well- 
attended Sunday-schools. During the winter we 
have, at one of our meeting-houses, on Sunday ev- 
ening, a Bible class wjth good attendance. 

SrENCER Ij. J3EAYEB, 



Jan. 1, 1P88- 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER. 



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Missionary and Tract Work Department. 




Organization of Missionary Committee. 

Daniel Vaniman, Foreman, - Vlrden, III. 

D. L. Miller, Secretary and Treasurer, - Mt. Morris, III. 
G. B. Rover, Assistant Secretary, - - Mt. Morris III. 



Organization of Book and Tract Work. 



S. W. Hoover, Foreman, 
S. Bock, Secretary and Treasi 



[gpAll donations intended for Missionary Work should be 
sent to D. L. Miller, Mt. Morris, III. 

E^*A1I money for Tract Work should be sent to S. Bock, 
Dayton, Ohio. 

Eg""' Money may be sent by Money Order, Registered Let- 
ter, or Drafts on New York or Chicago. Do not send person- 
al cheeks, or drafts on interior towns, as it costs 25 cents to 
collect thein. 

g^ Solicitors are requested to faithfully carry out the plan 
of Annual Meeting, that all our members be solicited to con- 
tribute atjeast twice a year for the Mission and Tract Work of 
the Church. 

0^- Notes for the Endowment Fund can be had by writing 
to the Secretary of either Work. 



"HARVEST." 



BY S. W. HOOVER. 



The success of tracts in missionary work is con- 
stantly being demonstrated by numerous and un- 
answerable facts. Where tracts have been dis- 
tributed in new fields, almost invariably calls for 
preaching have followed. Where the distribution 
has been thorough and the circulation pretty gen- 
eral, a manifest interest has proportionally been 
■ developed, demonstrating the practical utility of 
tracts in church and missionary work. " Look on 
the fields; for they are white already to harvest." 

In an agricultural sense, when the grain is 
ready to harvest, all hands are summoned to the 
work. The effort does not cease until the har- 
vesting is completed. A great harvest of souls is 
1 pending and ready to be reaped. The machinery 
is complete, and all ready for the work. Where 
are the laborers? A thousand are wanted in the 
tract field. When a landlord is known to be trust- 
worthy and a good paymaster, ready and willing 
laborers never bother about the pay, before the 
work is done, and the harvest safely garnered. 
The Lord is most trustworthy. Ps. 37: 3. He is 
also an excellent paymaster, as also he is the 
Judge that shall try every man's work whom he 
-will reward according to his deeds whether they 
; be good or bad. 

There has never before been a time when such 
'broad expanse of harvest whiteness has attracted 
the eye of the church as now. Upon the other 
hand, never has there been a time when Satan, in 
a thousand ways, clouded and mystified by al- 
most every conceivable device, has put forth 
greater efforts to uproot the truth, forestall the 
minds of men, and, by the most artful methods 
possible, lure souls to ruin, than he is doing now. 
Never has apostasy been more rife; never have so 
many obstructions interfered with the march of the 
Christianity of the Bible. Never have such huge 
barriers, arches and pillars of Satanic dominance, 
influence and power, menaced the rise and prog- 
ress of true Christian character, religion and " the 
Christ-life," as are seen upon almost every hand at 
the present time. 

Serious consequences threaten the prosperity 
of the church as it was in the days of the perseou- 



tiou, however not from the same causes, but from 
causes potential and apostate, equally as threaten- 
ing and dangerous to its peace, prosperity and 
progress, as was persecution by attempted annihi- 
lation, although less violent in its nature. 

The unstable character of much of the religious 
teaching and literature of the present; period is a 
far greater and more dangerous foe to "pure and 
undented religion," than outspoken opposition, — 
more than Christianity ever suffered from its di- 
rect and avowed enemies. Persecution by person- 
al anrfihilatiou is no more disastrous to natural 
life, than apostasy and hypocrisy to spiritual life. 
A wolf in the sheep's garb, outwardly, presents 
both an innocent and harmless attitude, but is a 
dangerous foo from within. 

Intuitively, in its attitude, the church is most 
assuredly on the right side of the question em- 
braced, and, in its most sacred character and holy 
relations to and in the Godhead, is a unified, rep- 
resentative whole, covenanted most faithfully to 
exercise every elect function of power and spirit 
corporate in the fight against Satan and Bin. It 
is harvest time and she must work. 

JSot alone, however, is this true and necessary 
to be observed by the church, in a combined sense, 
but also by every member of it, who, as a compo- 
nent part of its organization, is proportionally, ac- 
cording to his means and ability, answerable to 
God for the faithful or unfaithful performance of 
his or her part of the work. What was true of 
the church of the Laodiceans, was equally so with 
respect to each member of it. See Kev. 3. While 
some may, in years gone by, have grown wearied 
and impatient on account of general slowness, as 
they viewed it, such, nevertheless, must remem- 
ber that all great bodies, especially deliberative 
bodies, universally move slowly. 

The state of religious ease and somewhat more 
apparent indifference in missionary work, incident 
to the church in the earlier days of its history in 
America, have happily been succeeded by, and giv- 
en place to, a more active application of missionary 
means and systematized methods in the gospel 
fight against sin. In all parts of the harvest, the 
fruits of more and better system and aggressive 
measures in the several lines of missionary work 
are most gratifying in the visible yearly growth 
of membership, strength, interest and enterprise 
in the church. All must admit that the future 
growth and prosperity of the church very largely 
depend upon the prudent employment of both her 
internal and external forces. The former is a 
power of, otherwise, unapproachable supremacy 
in itself. The latter is an auxiliary. God helps 
those most who help themselves. 

Satan is a most active foe of God and man. The 
world is his harvest field. For ages he has been 
as busy as a harvest hand, and bold as a lion, 
whetting and wielding the scythe of skepticism and 
unbelief. So incessantly and vigorously has the 
process of whetting and sharpening been applied, 
and so dexterously has he handled it, that thou- 
sands of souls upon every hand are falling and 
being alienated by its power. In the sense of ac- 
cumulated strength and destructiveness, unbelief 
is like the whirlwind which, though small at first, 
is, by reason of rapidly succeeding degrees of the 
power of motion and volume, ripened into a 
mighty tempest, carrying death and destruction 
before it. So, in a like sense, has skepticism, as 
an instrument of the devil, in modern times, 
grown and developed into one of the most skillful- 
ly-devised and powerfully-constructed harvesters 
of both ancient and modern times, — infidelity, 
which, both in its violent and more seductive 
forms of opposition to Christianity, is fast leading 
the world to certain destruction. 

The total annihilation of the unbelieving ante- 
diluvian world, is an evidence of the destructive 
character of unbelief. By reason of the deluge, 
those affected with unbelief died the organic 



doath which separated them from life, the living, 
and the new world. By reason of the judgment, 
those affected with unbelief (sin) will die the 
spiritual or second death, which, in like manner, 
separates them from life, the living, and the new 
spiritual world. Life not Bubject to death exists 
only in the Spirit. 

There is another thought that I wish to notice, 
however, as one of the visible and sad effects of 
unbelief. I refer to the divided and inharmonious 
state of Christendom. In the place of one organ- 
ized, harmonious body of believers, united in the 
solemn worship of the one God, in the one faith 
of the one Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, guid- 
ed and controlled by the one same divine Spirit 
(Eph. -I), there are the mimes and numbers of 
many, yea, hundreds of seots and organizations, 
blotting the map of modern Christendom. Their 
beliefs, and interpretations of the Gospel and 
methods of applying it, are surely as varied, in- 
harmonious and numerous, as are the sects them- 
selves. I assert, in all candor, that, from a Bible 
stand-point, the present is the most ominous and 
fruitful age of diverse religious sentiment, pre- 
tension and practice the world has ever seen. 

Again, when we critically contemplate the 
alarming sectional character of the Protestant re- 
ligion of to-day, taking into account the waste of 
precious time and moans in unholy internal strife 
and misdirected application of Gospel require- 
ments, both external and internal, we halt in as- 
tonishment, but when, in the Bame sense, is in- 
cluded the Papal, Pagan, Mohammedan, Mormon 
and other isms, and idol religions in all countries 
of the world, we are made to Bhudder and pause 
at the enormity of sin and its causes, together 
with its soul-rending effocts upon the race. Our 
Lord wept and lamented over the sad moral and 
religiouB state of the inhabitants of Jerusalem in 
the days of his incarnation. Much more is there 
cause for weeping and lamenting now, not only 
ovor the unholy character and life of the inhab- 
itants of one city, be it over so large, but of the 
world. 

When the "nation of traditional Jews " turned 
away from Christ, and would not receive and be- 
lieve on him, he turned away from it, and ad- 
dressed himself to the individual, "and as many 
(of them) as received bim, to them gave he power 
to become the sons of God, even to them that be- 
lieve on his name." John 1: 12, In view of the 
foregoing it is not probable that entire nations 
will ever be harvested into the garner of God, but 
individuals who will turn from unbelief to faith, 
accept Christ and become believing, shall be saved. 

Dayton, Ohio. 

All articles intended for tracts of a doctrinal 
character must first pass through tho hands of the 
Examining Committee before they are printed, 
and allowed to be sent out and circulated by the 
Tract Work. The church could not adopt a better 
rale than this one, by which conflict in doctrine is 
avoided and unanimity is secured. 



The Brethren's tractB contain excellent reading 
and no conflicting doctrine. An assortment should 
be found in every brother's aud sister's home in 
the Brotherhood, not ouly for them to read, but 
for their children to read, as well as for their 
friends and neighbors who visit them from time 
to time. ^ 

"Which is the Right Church?"— finds its an- 
swer in "the one which obeys the Gospel." The 
church must ba a unit in Gospel doctrine and 
practice before it can be a unit with God. It is 
only in and by the Gospel that we get to God. 
The unbeliever and the infidel have no God except 
the god of unbelief and sin. Bro. Carpenter's 
tract, "Which is the Eight Church?"— per 100, 
Bixty cents. 



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THE GOSPEL MESSENGER. 



Jan. 1, 1889. 



Special Thanksgiving Offering. 

Tub following is a li i of donations re- 
ceived up to U.-c. 1 1 : 

Belle Thompson, III If H 

A. A Weaver, Mo I 00 

1). V. Stoufler, Md i CO 

Hannah Werte, I nd 05 

Jesse Pfclfer.O "> 

II- ]!. Meyers, La It" 

D. Gouglmour, la > 00 

KateC. Rhodes, Va I oo 

A sister, Pa 5° 

1). Vanlinan and wife, III 2 oo 

George Renner, Wssh.Ter 2 oo 

Moses Yodcr, I'a So 

J. F. Buteibzuigh and wife, III 200 

II K. Kile'-, Ind 1 00 

Sugar Rldge church, 1 00 

Samuel Franlz, Knns 50 

I). B.Helney, Nebr 75 

Howard II. K, im, Pa I 00 

Annie Ki I'a 2 00 

I). (I. Eckrnan, 111 3 50 

Man- S Ilalnes 2 00 

Hannah 11.11 bOWer, < I . .. I 00 

Sarah M Saunders, Ind 5 10 

II. C. Buttcrbaugh, O its 

Ella Buck, Mich 25 

Man- M Gibson, III 1 00 

S. 11 Fuhnostock, 1 00 

Mrs. L. li. Il.lncy, Nehr I 00 

I W. Hon, Kan, I 00 

Geo E.Goughenonr.In 1 00 

Ollle SI, Meier, O 25 

Matilda Klngery, 111 i oo 

A sister, Ind I OO 

I 1). and Came Shook, 1> I 00 

Catharine Glbble, [nd i oo 

Katie Kimmel, I'a I 00 

[ohn Brown and wife, t) 2 oo 

Sister Detrlck, 1 00 

II. A. Wright, Ind 20 

Unknown, Mich ■ 00 

A brother, I'a 1 oc 

Susan M. Slropc, 111 1 oc 

Judeah Warile, Ind 5c 

Margarel Secrist, 25 

Lewis P Kelm, la 1 70 

A sister, Ind 5 00 

I. A, Eckinnn.III 1 00 

Martin and Cath Snyder, la 300 

J, P.Eckman, III 1 00 

Cath. Buyer. O 5c 

David Detrlck, 1 oc 

I. and S. Rothrock, Mo 1 oc 

Mrs. E Garl, Mich 1 s c 

II. Shock, wife nnd dnughter, Ind 1 5c 

A sister, In 2 oc 

A skier, III I oc 

Margarel Odell, HI 5c 

Alice Gocklev, III S c 

Mrs. Tlllle Beck, Pa 5 c 

Martha Eberly, 0. 2 oc 

John Shoemaker, O 1 oc 

Catherine Bnblct, O 1 a 

Jos E. Boss, nnan, O 101 

M. llallaeher, I'a 5 0, 

John Knisely and wile, hid 20. 

I os Matchett, Nebr 1 o 

A sisler, Md I q 

John Kinsey, Ind o 

G. B. Royer 111 j 

Amanda Koonlz, Va 1 o 

Daphne Sllnespting, Ind 2 o 

CaK-in I. Blnkley.Ill i c 

A. It. Pulevbaugh, Kans 5 

A sisler, Kans 5 

II I. Miller, I'a j 

I) J. Culler, t) 1 c 

Mar, A. II lines, Kans : 

Barbara C. Bashor, Mo 3 c 

David Rupel, Ind 3 < 

A si.ler. lid 1 . 

Mary Carl, Ind.- 1 

Marv Snivel/, Ind \ 

Eli/.i Baxter, Ind 

Nettie Baxter, Ind 

N .ah Miller, la 11 

Catharine Wlngard, Ind 2 i 

Sarah C.ain.ll. <) 

Mrs. Sin,..., Schwick, I'a 5 1 

Jacob Leniby, la 31 

Epliraim Deardoi It, I'a 



D. S. T. Bullctbaugh, Ind 

11 ' 1; i'.. 

1. 1. 11. ndricks, I'a 

Mary 1 1. Ill 

Geo. W. Shinlian, an, I wife 
J. II. and M. C. Cline, Va. 



Elizabeth Wins 
A brother. Col 



Ind. 



Humphry Tnlhclm, Kan 

Mary A. lloofs'lllcr, I'a 

P. F. Cupp, I 'a 

Kate Cupp, I'a . . . 

J. II. Swlgart, I'a 

l'hobc Zook, I'a 

Sister I.elia Davis, Kans 

J.J.Keiin,Pa 

I. II. Stager, N.J 

Mrs.J. M. Shank, Ind . 

J. Y. Keency.Md 

Amanda Clifford, Colo. 
Ahrain I', Illy, Ind 

C. E. Mathews, Ind.... 
A sisler, l'n 



er Puterhaugh, la 

S. E. Carl, III 

O. A. Swab, III 



Chas. Long, la 

Mrs. A.J. Barrlck, Kan- 

Jennie Ashland, III 

E. M. Horner, Kanr. . . . . 
Mary Bail.-, W. Va . . . . 
Yellow Cre.k church, In 
Jacob Holsinger, I'a .... 
II. P. Talhelm, Kans ... 
J. E Miller and wife, ka 
Mary Williams, Kans... 
Stephen Shlvely, ill .... 
I A. Carnahan, O... . 



IM. , 



, Ind . 



Emma I. Welly, I'a 

Elizabeth Sph.dler, Mich.. 
Joel and Annie Gnagey, Pi 



1 1 { nd. 'i -.■.„.. 1. 1'. 



A sister, Pa.. 

Jacob Holllnger, O 

Mary MMiler, Ind 

A. and S. Beeghly, O 

M.R., 111 

L. Linn Stoner, Ind 

Sister C. I'. Rowland, III 



Thos. G. Snyder, la 

A few sisters, la 

A reader of G. M., Pa 

Jasper Barnthouse, Pa ... 
Caroline Beer, Pa ...... . 

David Culler,' O 

J. W. Light, Kans 

Eliza Brumbaugh, O 

E. Crlssman, Pa.- 

E. W. Hollowpetcr, Pa . . . 
Caroline Womelsdorf, Pa. 

Sarah Burns, O 

E.-a Henricks, 111 

P. E. Statler, III 

li. W Fansler, Idaho 

A brother, Mo 



I..-C.U, Ind. 



Wi 

Mary P. Swlnk. I'a 1 1 

E. Konfgmncher, Pa 1 ' 

Blue Ridge church, III 5 ' 

I). P. Keeler, Idaho . . . .' J 

A brother and sister, Kans 

M. Reher and family, la 51 

A brother, O 1 < 

Mary Brubnker, Ind 

Sarah Brandt, O 1 1 



. W. Clepinger, O. 



Mary C. No 
David Well, 
Cyrus Mill. 
Eel River cl 



Iml 



J. C. Stayer, Pa 

Marv S. Geiger, Pa 

E. H. Slauffer, la 

Susanna Ilolsopple, Ind . 

E.J. Nehr, Fla 

Sarah Minnlck, Ind .... 



Leonard I Iy 
Jacob Brum 
Levi Zumbr 



.Ind. 



, Ind. 



Daniel Zlimbrutl, Ind-.- 
C. K. Zumbrun, Ind.... 

Perry Long, Ind 

Uliah Long, Ind 

A. H Snowberger, Ind ■ 
John S. llruhaker, Ind.. 

Geo. Girl, 111 

Susan Cochran, Kans... 
Verdigris church, Kans - 



. liu 



J. M. Quackcnbush, Kans 3 < 

Sister Daniel Price, 111 2 c 

Sister Albert Price, III '2 ; 

Josiah and Margaret Ashenfelt, Ore. . . 1 < 

Joseph llartsman, O 1 < 

Wm. Fleming, Ind 1 ( 

Samuel Shawver and family, O 3 ' 

N S.and E. Z. Brown, III 2 1 

Maria M. McDonald, Mo 11 

Caroline Dellaven, Kan< 



, Ark . 



Mo. 



irothc- 



Sarah Muse, Va..., 1 c 

Anna Teeter, Kans 1 c 

John Landis, Kans 1 e 

J. J. and Phehe Kindig, Nebr 2 t 

S. Krahill, Pa , t 

H. E. Moomaw, Va 4 c 

Susan Snyder, Pa , ( 

Elizabeth Johnson, I'a 3 



Ma 



1 Gray, Pa. 



riel Reed, W.Va 4 50 

ey W Reed, W. Va 

0. w. Reed, w, v.. 

a Re. d, W. Va 

Delia Reed, W. Va 

Mary E. Welgle, III 

A young sister, III 



C. Master, Nebr 

Barbara Schultz, Pa. 
Zeruali C. Hill, Ind.. 
M. M. Custer, Wash. 

A sister, O 

Tuhunga, Cal 

South Waterloo clime 

Unknown, Md 

Samuel Mohler, O... 
A brother and sister, 
Lucy Smith, Colo... 

A. Barnhart, III 

Catharine Markly, la 
John II. Kline, Va... 
Mary S. Cline, Va... 
Mrs. Eliza Hammer, 1 



.1I..0 



1 and Mary Clingenpeel, Ind. 
Fisher, Pa 



Eve Siickbr, Mo. 

A sister. 111 

Levi Burd, III.... 

Lizzie Fyock, Pa . 

Fianna F. Bare, P; 

John S. Saunders, 

Kate Johnson, Pa. 

J. McMilllan, Kan 

EllaReish, Kans. 

H P. Kurtz, Ind. 

J. A. Price, 111 ... 
Elizabeth Miller, I 

Mary Miller, 111.. 
M.J. Miller, III .. 
D M. Dierdorff, I 
Win. M 
I. II. HatiBeta, M01 
Mary Neptune, Ind 
A Brumbaugh, O . 
Daniel Raer and in 
B. F. and S. S Pet 
Martha Davis, Pa. 
Eliz N. Bare, O... 
Ruth A Moscr, l'r 
Martin Moomaw. I 
A brother and siste 
Sarah C. Rainier, \ 
David Emmert, 111 



Ind 



E. M. Crouch, Va ... 
P. K. Penlz, I'a . 
An isolated sister, Mic 



MATRIMONIAL. 



MILLER— MILLER.— At the residence of 
the clliciator, Eld. Samuel Driver, Nov. 24, 
Bio. Emery Miller, of Goblesville, Inch, 
and sisler Lama M. Milier.of Beaver Dam, 
Ohio. 

BAER— RUMEL.— At the residence of the 
bride's parents, Nov. 22, by the under- 
signed, Mr. John Baer and sister Kate A. 
Ruincl, bolh of Somerset Co., Pa. 

Samuel Zimmerman, 

STALL— PI-IILLABAUM. — At the resi- 
dence of the olliciator, M. H. Shutt, Aug. 
20, George W. Stall and Mary Phillahaum, 
both o{ Coshocton Co., O. 

OLINGER — HELM AN.— At the residence 
of the b.ide's parents, Nov. 18, by the un- 
dersigned, Bro. Jacob G. dinger, of Holmes 
Co., aod sister Mary E. Helman, of Stark 
Co. Noah Longanecker. 

WARNER— RASOR.— At the residence of 
the undersigned, Nov. 27, Bro. Henry War- 
ner, of Miami Co , Ohio, and sister Dora 
Reasor, of St. Joseph Co., Ind. 

MYERS— K-RING.— Althe residence of the 
undersigned, Oct. iS, Mr. J. H. M"yers and 
Miss Floia Kring, both of St. Joseph Co., 
Ind. H. W. Kr.iegiiua.um. 

ALEXANDER— HOLMES.— At Shannon, 
III., Dec. 6, by Bro. S. H. Sprogle, James 
Alexander and Miss Martha Holmes. 

JODER- WALTER.— At the residence of 
the undersigned, near Somerset, Pa, Nov. 
15, Bro. Levi J. Joder and Mrs. Clara Wal- 
ter, both of Meyersdale, Pa. 

U. D. Braucher. 

MARTIN— SHOOK.— At the residence of 
the groom, Nov. 22, by the undersigned, 
Bro William Martin, of Stafford Co., Kan., 
and sister Catharine E. Shook, of St. Paul, 
Minn. Michael Moo'rhead. 

HOLLO WAY' — MOORE. — At the resi- 
dence of the bride's parents, Nov. 29, by 
the undersigned, George Holloway and sis- 
ter Emma Moore, both of Garland, Idaho 
Ter. Marshall Ennis. 

MYERS— STREMMEL.— At the residence 
of the undersigned, Nov. 29, Eld. George 
Myers, of Miami Co., Kans , and sister Re- 
becca Stremmel, ol Fulton Co., III. 

Isaac H. Crist. 

GRIMES— SUMMER.— At the residence of 
the undersigned, Nov. 22, Mr. William A. 
Grimes and Miss Odessa C Summer, both 
of Columbiana Co., Ohio. 

S. B. Stuckev. 



FALLEN * ASLEEP*- 



TRANSUE.— In Clinton Co., Mo., Nov. 10, 
iSSS, Emmet Dewilt, son of Bro. D. and 
Louisa Transue, aged 11 months and 19 
days. Services by Eld. Josiah E. Ellenber- 
ger, from Matt. 19: 4. Wm. C. Wolf. 
KINTNER.— In the Eden Valley church, 
Stafford Co., Kans , Nov. 1, Bro. William 
Norton, son of Bro. S. M. Kintner, aged 21 
years, 1 month and 19 days." 

Deceased was a consistent and faithful 
member of the church, never causing the 
church trouble either on his own account or 
that of others. To know Bro. William was 
to love him. Services by the writer. 

Michael Moorhead. 

McFARLAND— In the Beaver Creek con 

gregation, Montgomery Co., Ohio, Sept. 

30, Gorda A., dai.ghterof brother and sister 

William MeFarlaod.ageci 2 1 years, 4 months 

A large concourse of her friends and as- 
sociates followed .her remains to their last 
resting-place. Services by Eld. John Bow- 
man and the writer, from Heb. 12: 11. 






Jan. 1, 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER. 



15 



TUTTLE— In the Salimony church, in.!., 
Nov 39, Anna, daughter of brother ami >is- 
ter Tuttle, aged 13 years, 4 months and 13 
days. 

She was an intelligent, premising child, 
and leaves a father, a mother, one brother, a 
Utile sister, and a large circle of relatives to 
mourn their los c , which is her eternal gain. 
O may the parents look to the Lord for com- 
fort ! This is the fourth of their little ones, 
not lost, but gone before them. Services by 
Lhe writer, assisted by Bro. Joseph Leedy, to 
a very large and attentive congregation. 

Samuhl Murray. 

PIKER — At Somerset, Somerset Co., Pa., 
Sept. 28, iSSS, Bro. Adam Pif«r, aged 71 
years, 9 months and 12 days. 

Services at the house of the deceased, by 

Bro. John C. Schrock and U. D. Braucher. 

Interment in the Disciple cemetery. 

BRANDT.— In Maylown, Lancaster Co., 

Pa., Nov. 31, iSSS, Anna Brandt, aged So 

years, 5 months and 16 days. 

Deceased was a member of the Mennon- 
ite church. Services by brethren Brubaker 
and Root, both in German and English, from 
Phil. 1 : 2t. S. Brandt. 

BISIL— In the bounds of the Red Bank con- 
gregation, Jefferson Co., Pa., Nov. 15, 1S8S, 
of diphtheria,' William Clinton, son of Bro. 
George and sister Rachel Bish, aged 13 
years, 3 months and 24 days. 
BISH.— In the same family of same disease, 
Nov. 22, Charles Russel Bish, aged 11 years, 
1 month and 16 days. 
Thus, In about three weeks, have passed 
away four interesting children of the same 
family. They have gone before, as convoys, 
and beckon to brothers and sisters, father and 
mother, to come prepared to enter the joys of 
heaven. 

RUPERT.— In the Spring Run congrega- 
tion, Milllin Co., Pa., Sept 17, 1SS8, si-ter 
Mary, wife of Bro. Lloyd Rupert, aged 30 



RUSH,— In the fame congregation, Oct. iS, 

«-- 18SS, taster Margaret Rush, aged 75 years. 

RUSH.— In the same congregation, Nov. 13, 

iSSS, Bro. John A. Rush, aged 49 years. 
IIOCKENBERRY— In the same congrega- 
tion, Nov. 23. iSSS, sister Hannah Hocken- 
bfrry. Interments all in the Spring ceme- 
tery. J. C. SwiGART. 
LICHLITER— At Timberville, Va., Sept. 
^ 29. 18SS, Bro. Adam Lichliter, aged S4 years. 
Deceased was blind for a number of 
years, and also parah zed. He bore all with 
patience/and his desire was for the change tc 
come. Services by B. \V. Ncff and the writ 
er. S. II. Myers. 
GUENTHER— In the Bear Creek church 
Montgomery Co., Ohio, Nov. 16, Bro. Hen 
ry Guenther, aged 71 years, n months anc 

Deceased endured his affliction witr 
Christian fortitude. He leaves an aged com 
panion to mourn her loss. May her loss bt 
his gain. Services by Eld. John Bowtnar 
and the writer, from Job 14: 1, 2; Gen. 4;: 9. 
Daniel M. Garvhr. 
IIEASTON— In the Antioch church, Wa- 
bash Co , Ind , Nov. 28, iSSS, sister Nancy 
I leaston, aged 34 years, 10 months and 6 

Her maiden name was Snowberger. She 
was married to John Ileaston, Feb. 6, 1S73; 
joined the church in 1S78, and lived a devoted 
life until death. She leaves a broken-hearted 
husband and father, six children and a sor- 
rowful mother, who mourn their loss. Serv- 
ices by the writer, from Phil. 1: 21, to a large 
concourse of sympathizing friends. 

J. II. Wright. 

SPANGLER. — At Morrill, Kans., of ty- 
phoid fever, Albert, son of Bro. Edward 
and sister Elizabeth Spangler, agec 
years, 7 months and 23 days. Services by 
the Brethren, from the text, "Prepare 
meet thy God." J. S. Moiiler 

WELLER.— In the City of Davenport, la., 
-^, Nov. 23, Bro. John Weller, aged 72 years. 
Deceased leaves a companion (a sister), 

three sons and three daughters to mourn the 



ch lovtd and 



loss of a father whr. 

peeled h_v friends and m-isjhbors Services 
by the writer, at the house. 

HARLESS— In the bounds of the Weeping 
Water church, near Raymond, Nebr , Bister 
Barbara llarless, aged 50 years, 3 months 
and 16 da\ s. 

Her maiden name was Studt baker, an. I 
she lived a consistent Christian life for 28 
years. Services by G. W. Stambaugh ami 

HARLESS— In the same church. Nov, G, 
1S8S, Enos llarless, aged 6 years, 6 months 
and 3 days. Services by the writer, assist 
edby Bro. J. L. Snavtly. 

D. G.Cousrr. 

ELLENBERGER.— In the Smith Fork 
church, Clinton Co., Mo., Jnsiah Evans, son 
of I'.ro J. E. and sister Julia Ellenberger, 
and ^4 days. Services by J 



, from Ron 



Wm C. W( 



OREN — In the Labette church, Kans., Dei 
5, of apoplexy, sister Sophia, wife of Brc 

Noah Oren, aged 44 years, 5 months and 1 



II. 



I Jr. 



She 






sband and thr 



their loss. She was a consistent member of 
the Brethren church for over thirteen years. 
Services by the Brethren, from Phil, 1: 23. to 
a large and s\ mpathi/ing congregation. 

N. Trapp. 



NETZLEY— In the North Be; 

Kans.. at his father's home, > 

phoid fever, Bro. Burton Gi 

aged iS years, 1 month and if) 

1 low good it is to seek first 



LAWYER — In 



:chu 



OLMSTEAD-— Near Saltillo, Ohio, Urn. 
George 01 instead, aged about 70 years. 
""Services by Bro. Jo-iah Hochsteller. 

Simon Harsmmav. 

ANDES— In the Linville Creek church, 
Rockingham Co., Va., Dec. 3, 18SS, Bro. 
— Adam A. Andes, aged 60 years, 1 month 
and 14 days. 

He leaves a wife and six children, and 
was buried on the 3SU1 anniversary of his 
nuptial day. Funeral services by the Breth- 
ren, from Joshua 1: n, " Within three days ye 
shall pass over this Jordan." 
CLARK — In Ilartmansville, W. Va , Bro. 
William, son of Eld. Thomas Clark, Sen, 

ROBERTSON— At the same place, Lovisa 
Robertson, daughter of Bro. Thomas Clark, 
Jun., aged 30 years. 

Her husband had preceded her to the 

spirit land. She leaves a child in the care of 

her parents and youngest sister. The funeral 

services of both the above were conducted by 

the writer, Aug. 26, iSSS, from 2 Cor. 5: 1. 

SWIIIART— In the bounds of the Walnut 

church, Marshall Co., Ind, Nov. 5, Samuel 

F., son of Bro. Daniel and sister Mary A. 

Swihart, aged iS years, 11 months and 8 

days. Services by Bro. Henry Deardorff, 

to a large and sympathizing congregation. 

HECK.— At the same place, Dec. 9, Michael 

Heck, aged 76 years, 2 months and 16 days. 

^* The subject of this notice was born in 

Wlrlemberg, Germany, and died at the home 

of his youngest son, Bro. Frederick G., where 

he and his aged companion have enjoyed a 

pleasant home for the past four years. Peace 

to his ashes! Services by Bro. Aaron Swi- 

hart, from Rev. 14: 14. Nrri SwiHART. 

ULREY— In the Grenola church, Elk Co., 
Kan-., Oct. II, Guilford Amos, son of J. C. 
and Frances Ulrey.aged iS years, 3 months 

Though but a youth, he had been a faith- 
ful member of the church for about eight 
years. Services by the writer, from James 4; 
14. John Murray. 



CARTEE. In lhe Upper Middletnwn Val 

I' ^ ...r..|. ^iiion, Fi-fdi rick C> , Md„ < Id 
26, tSSS, of consumption, Bro, Frisby G. 
Cartee, aged .]-" year*, 4 months and 4 days. 
Deceased filled the office of deacon. In 
his death the church sustains a great loss. 
He leaves a kind companion and live children 
10 mourn his early departure, but they need 
not sorrow as those who have no hope, hav- 
ing died » iili thai glorious hope nf a blessed 

Immortality, Services by l>. Aushcrmnn, 
from James 2: 26. 

KING In the same congregation, Oct. ao, 

of typhoid 'ever, Mary King, aged 19 years, 
11 months and S days. Services by |. M. 
Busard. # 
GROSSNICKLE— In the same congrega- 
tion, Dec. 5, after three months of intensi 
suffering from gangrene, sister Sarah Ellen. 
wife of Bro. Mahlon Grossnlckle, nged -17 
years, J months and 7 days. 

In all her suffering she frequently ex 
pressi .1 hi rs< If (Tilling to depart, and, in her 
last hours, joined in singing hymn 65S, and 
died without a struggle. Services by D. 
Ausherman, from Phil. 1 -. 21. 

M. Orosshxcki B. 
GOUGHNOUR.— In the limits of the Cold 
Water church, near Clnrksvllle, Butler Co, 
Iowa, Nov. 29, 1S8S, Bro. Samuel Gough- 
nour, aged 72 ycartf, S months and 27 days. 
He suffered very much during his )a-t 
sickness of over four weeks, but submitted ii 
patiently to the will of the Lord. By his re- 
quest he was anointed, when he gave himself 
entirely into the hands of the Lord. lie leaves 
a dear companion, four children, and many 
other relatives, but not without hope, Serv 
lc< 3 by lhe writer. J. F. ElKENDBRRY, 

WALLACE.— In the Yellow Creek church, 
-^Ind , Nov iq, sister Anna Wallace, aged 71 



years and 1 1 
1 >eceased \ 



Ell 



1 Penn Township 
1S1G. In 1835 llu 
William Wallace 
: separated by death 
h united witli Hie 
hart Co.. Ind. -She 



leaves n husband and five children to mourn 
the loss of a loving mother, but we hope tin lr 
loss is her eternal gain. Services by John 
Metzlerand the writer, from 1 Pet. 1. 

John Nusoaum. 

FRANTZ — In the Hickory Grove church, 
Miami Co., Ohio, Oct. 30, 1888, sister Phi be 
Frantz, wife of Bro. Jacob Franlz, aged 5,7 
years, S months and iS days. 

Deceased was a faithful member at the 
church for a long lime, and contended for the 
purity of the church in harmony with the an 
dent order of the Brethren. When she wan 
stricken down with typhoid fever and fe't 
that, perhaps, death was near, she sent for the 
elders and r. quested to be anointed, She en- 
dured much suffering during her sickness, 
which lasted Gi days. Services by Eld.Jesse 
Stutzman and the writer. JoilM SMITH 

HULING— In the Chota church, Knox Co, 
Tenn., Dec. 20, 1887, Bro. Thomas Muling, 
**aged 80 years, months and 29 days. 

Deceased uni'< d with the brethren church 
about 17 years ago, and has been a very faith- 
ful and consistent member, often encouraging 
those who had newly enlisted in the service 
of the Heavenly Master, *by his wholesome 
counsel and fatherly advice. He was loved 
and respected by all who knew him. He had 
a large circle of friends, who mourn their foBS. 
His wife and several children survive him, 
part of whom are members of the church. 
Services by the writer. J. E. Klepfer. 

REICIIARD— In the Manor congregation, 

Md., Bro. Jacob Reichard, aged 77 years. 
"<■■ He was a useful citizen, very charitable, 
and much loved and respected by the Breth- 
ren and others. He was a member of the 
church 4S years, and 44 years a deacon, in 
which office he worked faithfully, living a 
Christian life and always working for the 
prosperity of the church, fn his death, the 
family, wife and four children, have lost a 
kind and affectionate husband, and we Irave 
lost one of our best counselors and strongest 
pillars in the Manor church. 

D. Victor Lomj. 



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ON THIS SIDE AND THE OTHER SIDE. 

To everything, it is said, there are two sides, 
which is a general truth, if not a universal one, 
and, as a matter of fact, we are on one of these 
sides. Not long since we were on the side of 1888, 
and near the dividing line. That line we have 
now passed, and are on the other Bide— on the side 
of '89. So we are daily approaching and crossing 
line3, and getting on the other side. 

As we entered the new year, these thoughts 
came to us with unusual vividness, and we were 
made to think of the two sides of life with a se- 
riousness never felt before. "We are to-day on 
this side of the line that divides between onr two 
states of existence. This, to us, is the preparatory 
side, so that our condition on the other side will 
depend much on what we do while yet on this 
side. The relation that the one sustains to the 
other is en important one, and about it no one can 
be more concerned than our owneelves as indi- 
viduals. On this side we now live, act and have 
our being. To many of us, the world has many 
attractions, and as we look at them and enjoy 
the much that life seemingly affords us, we are 
loath to look at the other side with much real 
satisfaction. 

Here we have our homes, our family associa- 
tions, our friends, our church privileges and en- 
joyments, and so much that seems to make life 
desirable. All these things have a tendency of 
making us say, " We are satisfied, let us remain 
where we are — this side is good enough for us." 

But then, let us look at the matter more care- 
fully. Would this world make a desirable home 
for us as it now is— smitten with sin and crying 
eternally with its attending miseries? Would not 
the soul soon cry out: 

" I would not live always; I ask not to stay 
Where slorm after storm rises dark oe'r the way." 

This side is not only an unfit place for our con- 
tinual abode, but it is ill adapted to our higher 
wants. And then, those things that seem to satis- 
fy us here are continually changing and passing 
away. In a few short years our associations so 
change that we are made to feel that we are truly 
strangers in a strange land. But how is it on the 
other side? Our friends, one after another, are 
crossing over, there to remain, not for a short sea- 
son only, but forever. No passing away there — 
all is abiding. Here we have our sunshine and 
showers, interspersed with frosts, snows, storms 
and destructive cyclones. Over there, is the Par- 
adise of God — an abiding spring-time, fruits and 
flowers with summer, soft winds and beautiful 
sunshine all the year. Our homes here are de- 
stroyed by fires, broken and changed by sickness 
and death, and, as old age comes upon us, they 
gradually grow leas, while over there are the 



permanent homes, beautiful cities with golden 
streets— no sickuess, no death, and all the lime 
growing larger in number. On the other side is 
where our friends are gathering and where we all 
will soon be. 

How large is the family of our dear friends al- 
ready! Let ua count — how the number grows as 
we think of them! Here, when we move into a 
goodly land, we write back to our friends, describ- 
ing to ihem our advantages, give them all the in- 
ducements we can to persuade them to come, and 
then wait, — they come, and for a few short years 
we enjoy our happy associations— and then death 
comes, separation, sorrow and disappointments 
follow. On the other side these things will not 
happen. Each passing over adds a permanent 
member to the redeemed family — all enjoying and 
waiting for more and more to come over. 0, what 
a blessed family! Are we ready — are wo waiting 
to pass over? Soon, the summons will come, and, 
if we are prepared and ready, a goodly exchange 
it will be. If our dearest and best friends are 
not already on the other side, they soon will be. 
How our hearts melted aud our eyes streamed 
with tears when we saw our dear mother lor the 
last time, clothed in the white shroud, — her phys- 
ical eyes closed forever on the scone3 of earth. O 
how hard it seemed that she was no more— that 
she was dead! How different it would have been 
could we have seen the other side! She is now a 
member of the family on the other side. Reader, 
do you remember when you stood beside the cask- 
et in which father lay? O, how cruel is death, 
was the language of your grief-stricken soul! Not 
so, weeping child. It was the stroke that liberat- 
ed the soul from the entanglements of sin, and 
wafted it triumphantly over to the other side, there 
to enjoy and await your coming. 

What should these thoughts cause us to do? 
If we are to eDJoy a home in heaven, we -are to get 
the title for it here— on this side. This title is 
freely offered, and we may all have it. Become 
God's children by adoption here, and we will be 
his by relation there. Let us all labor for that 
inheritance which is undefiled and passeth not 
away, so that when the Master calls we may be 
ready, and respond with joy. If looking through 
the glass that shows the glory of heaven but dark- 
ly, enraptures our soul, what must it be to be 
there! 

A SABBATH IN THE LIFE OF JESUS.* 
Mark 1 : 21-34. 

Mark's Gospel, the study of which we have just 
begun, is, in some respects, different from the oth- 
er Gospels. He does not mention the birth and 
early life of Jesus, but proceeds at once to his 
'tism in Jordan and his departure into the wil- 
derness to be tempted of the devil. His next ref- 
erence to him is to his preaching " the kiDgdom 
of God" in Galilee, and of his choice of those who 
should be his disciples. Previous to this he had 
changed the water into wine, purified the temple, 



*Sunday-School Lesson for Jai 



taught the woman of Samaria, healed the noble- 
man's son, and tho impotent man, an account of 
which we have in the other Gospels. We come 
now to the lesson, and we notice, 

I. JE8U8 AT OAPEItNAUM, 
Capernaum was a somewhat famous city on the 
north-west shore of the Sea o! Tiberias. It was 
called Jesus' "own city," as ho resided there most 
of tho time during his public ministry, and near 
it many of his marvelous works were wrought. 
In it was a synagogue, the name of which signifies 
a place of worship. A synagogue was built wher- 
ever a few Jews were found willing to associate 
for the purpose of practicing the rites and cere- 
monies of their religion. The worship of the syn- 
agogue was ritualistic, consisting of the reading 
of tho Law and the exposition of it. The prayers 
were also after a prescribed form, and it wa9 D0 . 
cause the disciples were accustomed to forms in 
prayer that they asked our Lord to teach them 
how to pray. The disciples worshiped in the syn- 
agogues from their youth, and, being used to a 
prescribed form of prayer, it was very natural for 
them to ask for one. Jesus, in his youth, wor- 
shiped there also, and lie very well understood 
tho origin of their request, hence gave them what 
is now known as the Lord's Prayer. We notice, 

II. WHAT OCCUHRED IN THE SYNAGOGUE. 

It is eaid they were astonished. Why? Be- 
cause of his doctrine. It was the Sabbath day, 
and Jesus went into the synagogue. At first he 
did not attract much attention. The Law was 
read as usual; the prayers were said, and the dif- 
ferent forms of worship were completed; then, as 
was the custom, privilege was given to any one to 
speak to the people or ask questions. This opened 
a grand opportunity for Jesus to present the mes- 
sage of salvation that he had come to proclaim. 
He improved it just like those, who are now com- 
missioned to deliver this message, should do. 
When the opportunity was given, Jesus taught, 
and the doctrine he taught and his manner, aston- 
ished the people. There was a great contrast be- 
tween his teaching and that of the Pharisees. 
They taught the sentiments of the Kabbins and 
the traditions which had been delivered. They 
also spent much time in vain jaDgling and disput- 
ing. But Jesus stands and, in a plain, grave and 
forcible manner, shows that he has authority to 
explain, enforce and change the ceremonial laws 
of the Jews. Never had any man attempted to 
speak thus in the synagogue. They began to in- 
quire of bis wisdom and whence his commission 
to speak so authoritatively. No wonder they 
were astonished. This is a striking illustration 
of the power of truth. It will make a stir, espe- 
cially where error is the greatest. We imagine 
there was an excitement in the synagogue that 
Sabbath, such as was never known. 

But this was not all that occurred to astonish 
the people. There happened to be in the syna- 
gogue that day a man "possessed of an evil spir- 

(Conehui.il on fog* »Q.) 



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THE. GOSPEL MESSENGER. 



Jan. 8, 188'.). 



♦BSSAYS-v- 



FOR ALL WHO DIE. 

[I i,, Hi been said lor nil whoillc 

Thru. Ii ii tear, 
.Same pining, bleeding heart 10 sigh 

O'er every bier; 
Dm In llial hour ol pain and drcifd 

Who will draw near 
Around my humble couch and Bhed 

One farewell tear? 
Who'll watch Hie last departing ray 

In deep despair, 
And boolhc the spirit on Its way 



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What mourner round my couch will come 

I n words of wor, 
And follow me to my long home 

Solemn and Blow? 
' Whenlyinjcon my earthly bed 

In icy bleep, 
Who then, by pure affection led, 

Will come and weep? 
I!y Hie pale moon implant the rose 

t'pon my breast. 
And bid it cheer my dart repose, 

My lonely rest? 
Could 1 but know When 1 was bleeping 

Low in tiie ground 
One faithful heal I would then be keeping 

Watch all around, 
As if some gem lay shrined beneath 

That cold sod's gloom, 
"I" would mitigate the pangs of death 

And light the tomb. 
Y,s, in that hour If 1 could feel 

From halls of glee 
And beauty's pressure one would steal 
In secrecy, 

\ ,,,t come and sit or stand by mo 

In night's deep noon, 

Ob, I would ask of memory 

No other boon. 
llul all, a lonelier late is mine, 

From all I've loved In youth's sweet lime 

I soon musl go 
Draw round me my pale robes of white, 

I n a dai k spot 
To sleep thro' death's long, dreamless night. 

Lone and forgot. 

- .v, /,,/,,/. 

A WISH FOR A HAPPY NEW YEAR. 

UY SARAH C. KltBAUOH. 



that we may be strong in our faith, and in love 
and union with each other, that the Lord may be 
well pleased with us as his children. 

Dear brethren and sisters, let us take another 
view of the past year, and see i£ we have 
been liberal-hearted and open-handed wjth the 
means wherewith God has prospered us. Have 
we given to the missionary cause, so that there 
can be a way opened that the Gospel can be 
preached, and its true doctrine be more widely 
distributed over the world and among the nations I 
We cannot help but believe that there aro many 
precious souls hungering and thirsting after 
righteousness. May all be filled with the pureness 
thereof, iB my prayer. 

If we try, we can all do something for the mis- 
sionary cauBO. Bisters, let us all try, when we 
sell our produce, to lay a little aside for that pur- 
pose. The Lord loveth the cheerful giver. What 
a sweet consolation to be loved by our Savior I If 
we have not done our part in the past year, let us 
try and do better in the future. We know we are 
sure of a rich reward for all the good we do. Then 
let ub, one and all, be encouraged to work for 

Jesus! ^ a# 

TRINE IMMERSION. 

BY J. H. MOORE. 



At the beginning of this, another year, how 
many of us oan say, " We have lived up to our 
privileges as we should have done? " We have, 
perhaps, not been as earnestly and diligently en- 
gaged in working for our Master, aud trying to 
win the prize of the high calling, as we should 
have been, but if we look back aud Bee our short- 
comings and where we have failed, thank God, 
that we have an Advocate with the Father. If we 
come to him with a httmblo, penitent heart and 
ask forgiveness, he is ever willing to forgive us 
our sins and shortcomings. Let us all look baok 
carefully aud prayerfully, aud where we see that 
we have failed aud come short of our duty toward 
God and one another, let us pray God for grace to 
enable us, to begin another new year with a new 
and strong resolution to try, by the grace and help 
of God, to live a life wholly devoted to him 
to whom onr services are due, so that, if we are 
permitted to live to the end of another year, we 
can look back with pleasure, aud see that we have 
done more for him than in the past. 

We should not only look to living our years 
better, but every day of our lives should be as 
though we knew it were our last. We should look 
back on every day that we are permitted to spend, 
and try to mend our ways, that we may grow bet- 
ter as we grow older. Let us pray for each other, 



Is trine immersion, or dipping the candidate 
three times instead of once, valid baptism? At 
least nine-tenths of all Christendom, both of 
ancient and modern times, by precept or example, 
answer in the affirmative. In fact, there is not 
now in existence upon the face of the globe, 
aud never has been, one Christian denomination, 
holding any just claims to antiquity that does not, 
or onetime did, legard trine iinmei'Bion as valid. 
Theso facta are of immense value in determining 
the apostolic method of baptizing, for it is evident 
'ery tltiukiug mind, that all the leading de- 
ntations of Christendom would not, either 
leutally or otherwise, agree in the very mode 
that is wrong. The simple fact that trine immer- 
sion is, and always has beau, regarded as valid in all 
important Christian denominations— save a few of 
late origin— giveB in defense of the threefold im- 
mersion an argument that can be claimed in sup- 
port of no other form of baptizing the world has 
ever seen. 

If trine immersion is not the apostolic method 
of baptism, how can we account for it being gen- 
erally accepted by those who practice sprinkling, 
pouring as well as single immersion? Whatever 
may be said in defense of sprinkling, pouring and 
single immersion, history abounds in questions 
concerning their validity and genuine origin, but 
who ever read of trine immersion being called in 
question by any early writer in any language, or 
iu any locality? It stands aB the one mode pre- 
eminently regarded and endorsed above all others, 
both on account of its great antiquity aud general 
acceptance. These facts alone entitle it to more 
than ordinary respect. 

Why should the man, who has been baptized 
by trine immersion, entertain any doubts concern- 
ing itB validity, when it was never called in ques- 
tiou iu ancient times, and even now is accepted 
and endorsed by all leading Christian denomina- 
tiouB in the world? Viewed from this stand-point 
there are no just reasons for doubting either its 
ilidity or great antiquity. 

To theBe considerations I will add this remarka- 
ble quotation concerning the views of John Wesley : 

'" When Mr. Wesley baptized adults, professing faith in 
Christ, he chose to do it by trine Immersion, if the person 
would submit to it, judging this to be the apostolic method of 
baptizing."— Moore's Life of Wesley, Vol. I, fagc 4*5- 

Martin Luther, in giving directions for baptiz- 
ing a lady, endorses the same mode, while Dr. 
Wall, an eminent pedo-baptist says: 



" The way of trine immersion, or plunging the head of the 
person three times Into Hie water, was the general practice 
of all antiquity."- W«Ws /»/"»' Baflism, Vol. //,/. fig. 

As these men represent large and influential 
religious bodies, it is but just and proper that 
their admission, in favor of trine immersion, be 
accepted as a weighty consideration in its favor. 
The only formula of baptism, having a bearing 
on the number of actions in baptism, was given 
by Christ himself as follows: "Baptizing them in- 
to the name of the Father, and of the Son, and 
of the Holy Ghost." Matt. 28: 1!). The mean- 
ng of this language should settle the question con- 
cerning the number of actions in Christian bap- 
tism, for the meaning of a formula must be ac- 
cepted as positive evidence. This formula was 
given to the world in the Greek language, which 
language is still the standard by which to settle 
the meaning of all New Testament words or phras- 
eB. In speaking of this formula, in the Greek 
language, Chrysostom, the most eminent Greek 
scholar of all Christian antiquity says: 

11 Christ delivered to his disciples one baptism, in three im- 
mersions of the body, when he said, Go teach all nations, 
baptizing them in the name of ihe Father, and o£ the Son, 
and of Hie Holy Ghost." 

Several other ancient Greek scholars have ex- 
pressed the same view, and what makes it atill 
more remarkable, is that no Greek scholar of an- 
tiquity, whose writings have come down to us, has 
expressed a contrary opinion. All Greek scholars, 
of the early Christian age, are anuiton this ques- 
tion. Against this important argument there is 
no evidence. 

I will yet add, that it is a fact that Bingle im- 
mersion did not originate till near the middie of 
the fourth century, and that it was never practic- 
ed in any part of the Holy Land till at least one 
thousand years after the death of Christ. 

Taking these few briefly stated facta into con- 
sideration, there is no ground on which. to base a 
siugle doubt concerning the validity of trine im- 
mersion, and as all leading denominations concede 
it to be valid, they must either admit it to be the 
only form of Christian baptism, or else assume 
that there are two or more divinely authorized 
modes. In either case trine immersion remains 
unchallenged, and therefore stands as the only 
generally admitted genuine method of baptizing 
in the world. 



ELDERS RULING. 



BY ENOCH EBY. 



Bro. S. S. Mobler, in No. 47 of Messenger, has 
a commendable article on " Elders' Relation to 
the Church,"— a vital question indeed! Good 
government is the road to success in any social 
enterprise. A family without government is 
ruined, the children become reckless and un- 
christianizsd ; a school-room without it is a curse 
to society. A lack of government will corrupt 
any organization, morally or religiously. The 
church can uo more prosper in her work of sal- 
vation without it thau the mariner can gain the 
desired port without a rudder to his vessel. What 
the steei-Bman is to the vessel, the elder is to the 
church. 

Take the engineer of a locomotive,— he is not 
the locomotive itself, but he understands that 
fire, fuel and water are necessary. Then he has 
the power, and with oue baud on the lever he can 
control the power. The church is the power, and 
is easy to be controlled in the main, if the elder 
understands his business, and that is, in a great 
measure, first, to equip himself with all the Script- 
ural qualifications requisite to an elder. Then 
the work of the church will prosper in his hands. 
As many of us lack in a great measure, it is our 
duty to attain as near as we can, and when we 
fail and are found in fault by the church, we 



8, 1SS<). 



THE. GOSPEL MESSENGER. 



1!) 



should be very ready to make satisfaction, for we 
must be examples to the Hock, in manifesting a 
proper spirit, as in all other things, remembering 
that a good governor is also a good subject. 

This thought leads me to the primary object of 
this article, which is to call attention to this fact 
that we, as a Brotherhood, in our judgment, lack 
one important feature in our system of church 
government, that is, to apply church discipline to 
ministers, and especially to elders, for any mis- 
conduct or disloyalty to the general order of the 
church, either in word or deed, in the local church 
where the offense was committed, instead of doing 
so in the congregation in which he lives. I base 
this thought upon the principle, first, that all the 
required facts and testimony in the case can be 
more easily obtained there; secondly, that officers, 
and especially elderB, are creatures of the church, 
and belong to the Brotherhood, invested with 
power to do work outside of their home church. 
"Why not hold an elder accountable outside of 
his own church also, or where the illegal trans- 
action occurred? This is reasonable, practical 
and right. 

To call an elder to account at home for trans- 
action, sometimes even hundreds of miles from 
home, and get all the evidence, so as to do justice 
to him and the cause, is, in its very face, imprac- 
ticable; hence while it might be lawful, we do not 
think it would be expedient, for it is unsafe. 
Justice can not be done in that way. Hence I 
shall favor a reconsideration of that decision at 
our next Confe:euce, by changing it so as to em- 
body the above sentiment. 

We think, however, that if all the local churches 
in cases of ordination, would confine themselves 
strictly to the Scriptural qualifications of an elder, 
this prolific source of church trouble, so perplex- 
ing iu its character, and so detrimental to the 
prosperity of the church, would be removed, and 
this we would much prefer to the course above 
alluded to; but as this has never been, and, likely, 
never will be the case, we still urge the above 
change, with the hope that the Brotherhood will 
prayerfully consider the matter till our next con- 
ference. 

Permit another thought. Local churches some- 
times, in their judgment, think they should have 
an ordination; hence call in a brother or two who, 
if possible, are in sympathy with their wish, — 
sometimes one travelling through, — and the ordi- 
nation is effected without the adjoining elders 
being consulted, which is all contrary to church 
order. The adjoining elders can, and sometimes 
should, overrule local churches, when they seo It 
would be detrimental to the Brotherhood at large 
were the church to proceed according to their own 
desires, for as long as local churches continue to 
ordain brethren to the eldership, whose sympa- 
thies are not fully with the order and work of the 
church, and who can not be recognized, often- 
times, as brethren by their appearance, and as 
long as such are held in office who should be de- 
posed because of their disloyalty to the recogniz- 
ed order of the general Brotherhood, — just so 
long our distinctive features, as a church, will 
gradually decline, until our power is lost, and we 
are swallowed up in the whirlpool of fashion. 
Then the characteristics that separate us from the 
world, and by which we are yet identified, will be 
entirely obliterated. May the Lord help the 
Brotherhood to walk in the good old way, is our 
prayer in Jesus* name! 

EUROPE AND BIBLE LANDS. 

BY B. F. MOOMAW. 

The book bearing this title, the production of 
Bro. D. L. Miller, is a woTk of rare interest and 
of useful information, bringing before the mind 
a synopsis of the history of a considerable por- 



tion of the Old World, with the varied conditions, 
socially, morally, religiously, and the business af- 
fairs of life, reaching back to remote periods of 
antiquity, which, when compared with our own 
America, presents the appearance of being far in 
the background of improvement of the natural 
advantages, and the development of the resources 
within their reach. They are to-day, with the ex- 
perience of thousands of years, trudging along 
with the appliances of the earliest period of their 
history, while we, under the Providence of God, 
with a history of a few centuries' experience are, 
in many things, far in advance, and exerting a 
world-wide influence, so that it is said truly, 
" When America speaks, the world listens." 

When we notice the poverty and oppression of 
the laboring class, especially their women, whose 
condition is little better than the lower order of 
animate nature, we may say to you, dear sisters, 
and other women, " You may, in your heart, thank 
the Lord that you live in America." We need 
only to draw a contrast between our condition and 
that of the monarchies of Europe, to see how much 
God has blessed us in America. 

When looking at the subject religiously, as pre- 
sented in this book, we become still more deeply 
interested, seeing the deterioration of our blessed 
Christianity, " a mere form of Godliness, but 
denying the true power thereof," connecting with 
their formal devotions and church work, festivals, 
beer drinking (in saloons), and the desecration 
of the Sabbath Day, by drinking and trifling 
amusements. Then there is the imposture of 
priestcraft, and the superstition of the populace, 
who assemble by thousands, at the time of Easter, 
in the church of the Holy Sepulchre at Jerusalem, 
with their tapers, to get a light from the holy fire, 
pretended by the priests to come down from heav- 
en at that time. These blinded people, in the 
rush, get into a complete tumult, and destroy the 
lives of many. Moslems may well say, " What 
fools these Christians arel" 

But the grandeur of the book consists in the 
fact that it gives a detailed account of many nota- 
ble places of historic fame in the Bible, such as 
Jacob's Well, the Tomb of Joseph, the Burial 
Place of Jesus, etc., and while there is some doubt 
in regard to the exact location of many places of 
Biblical importance, " yet these are only spots in 
the clear light, which invests the general geo- 
graphy of Palestine. Not only are the sites of 
Jerusalem, Nazareth and Bethlehem absolutely 
indisputable, but there is hardly a town, or a 
village of note, mentioned in the Old or New 
Testament which can not be identified with a cer- 
tainty, which often extends to the very spots 
which are signalized in its history." And this is 
enough for ub. 

In reading the sacred pages of the Bible, the 
mind is impressed with the feeling that those 
places, and the incidents connected with them, 
beloDg to another, world, but in this book our 
brother brings them home to us iu such a plain 
manner, that we are made to feel they are right 
before us, a grand reality. All this is calculated 
to strengthen our faith, and to encourage us in 
our Christian work, and no Christian, after having 
read it, would hubs having done so for any reasona- 
ble consideration. 

UNIFORMITY IN THE OBSERVANCE OF 
THE ORDINANCES. 

BY LEWIS W. TEETER. 

The importance of uniformity in the observance 
of the ordinances is most sensibly felt by those 
who are deprived of exercising to the extent of 
their duty, as taught in the Holy Scriptures. 

There is no ordinance in the New Testament 
that is not intended for every individual member 
of the church to obey just alike,— each member 



to do just as much for the same object and in the 
same manner, as every other member. 

When this is done, each member may and shall 
reap exactly the same blessings. When, there- 
fore, one undertakes to do more than another, 
he will positively prevent some one from doing 
his duty. If, therefore, it ia true, as Jesus says, 
11 If ye kuow these things, happy are ye if ye do 
them," John 13: 17, when one is prevented from 
doing his duty, the happiness, which is the result 
of doing the things, does not follow, aud the 
cause of tho uuoveness is, because some one did 
mors than his duty. We cite as follows: 

1. We are all baptized alike, and for the same 
purpose, aud when baptized legally we never need 
be baptized again. Hence, also, the very same 
results follow, — our sins are remitted. The gift 
of the Holy Spirit is bestowed. We are inducted 
into the church as a member of it, to have the 
same rights aud privileges, and entitled to the 
same respect, care, and protection as any and 
every other member in tho church. 

We shall now take a square look at the order 
in which the ordinances should be observed, and 
then also at the order in which they have been 
observed. 

1. In the ordinance of feet-washiDg all mem- 
bers should participate alike. They should all 
wash and wipe feet. They will then all have their 
feet washed and wiped, as the Savior command- 
ed and exemplified. 

2. In tho holy kiss each one has a right to par- 
ticipate like every other member. 

3. In the Lord's Supper each one must bo at 
the table and partake of that meal alike. 

4. In the communion,— the emblems of Christ's 
body and blood,— each one must partake of a bit 
of them. 

Now in all those ordinances there is a unifor- 
mity of practice in the church, with the exception 
of two, namely, feet- washing and the salutation or 
holy kiss, although to a great extent, throughout 
the Brotherhood, there is, at present, a uniformity 
also in these. We wish now to present these two 
ordinances, as best we can, in the light of the 



It has been argued that the holy kiss should 
not be practiced at the time of feet-washing, nor 
between the supper and tho communion, stating 
that we had no commandment to that efl'ect, nor 
an example. It is true that we have no command- 
ment nor example that this ordinance shall be 
observed at any particular time or place, with 
the exception of the occasion of Paul's parting 
from the Ephesian elders, Acts 20: 37. If, there- 
fore, we should be controlled by example, we 
Bhould never salute one another excepting when 
parting from each other. 

We are, however, five times commanded in posi- 
tive language by Paul and Peter, to observe this 
ordinance, regardless of time or place, thus leav- 
ing it to our judgment as to time or place, and, of 
course, if our judgment shall decide, it certainly 
will select the most appropriate times and places. 

Then, since, the Lord's supper is called both 
by Peter and Jude, a, feast of charity or love, and 
since the holy kiss is the expression of love in 
its very nature, and since Peter calls it a "kiss 
of charity or love," 1 Peter 5:14, and since the 
communion of the broken body and shed blood of 
Jesus, is the commemoration of the greatest love 
that ever was manifested in the world, "hereby 
perceive we tho love of God, because he laid down 
his life for us, and we ought to lay down our 
lives for the brethren." 1 John 10. " A new com- 
mandment I give unto you, that ye love one anoth- 
er; as I have loved you, that ye also love one 
another. By this shall all men know that ye are 
my disciples, if ye have love one to another." 
John 13: 34, 35. " We love him because he first 
loved us." 1 John 4: 19. This holy fellowship 
is of such a kind, that, if the kiss of charity is 



THE. GOSPEL MESSENGER. 



Jan. S, 1SR9. 



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help it, while, at the Game time they had as good 
right to wash feet as any of them. Of course this 
could be greatly improved where one washes and 
another wipes, by simply washing and wiping 
one, then change. But there is still a lack, be- 
cause it does not follow the crumple of Jesus. It 
has been argued that since the church is the body 
of Christ, and therefore each church member is 
a member of Christ's body, that it is fulfilling the 
Scriptures. Bat this is making a matter figura- 
tive where no figure is intended, for the injunc- 
tion of Jesus is, " Ye also ought to wash one an- 
other's feet," and his example is, " I have given 
yon an example, that ye should do as I have done 
to you." How wbb that? He washed the dis- 
ciples' feet, and wiped them with a towel where- 
with he was girded. John 13: 5. This injunction 
and example are entirely literal, so far as action 
is concerned, for they tell and show each one exact- 
ly what to do, and therefore evade the necessity of 
applying any figurative sense. 

Now, in conclusion, I want to say that much 
as I would love to see a uniformity in the in- 
stances above cited, I still feel to bear with the 
brethren who can not see with me in the above 
expositions, and would not, on that account, absent 
myself from any love-feast. Uniformity of prac- 
tice among the members of individual congrega- 
tions is very beneficial and healthful, and certain- 
ly the same good results would also attend a uni- 
formity of practice throughout the entire Brother- 
hood. 

Ilagerstown, Ind, 

THOUGHTS FOR THE KEW YEAR.-No. 1. 



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properly observed between brethren), it >s the 

same with each of them, as it would bo if Jesus 

were in person sitting between them. In passing 

the salutation, both of them would kiss Jesus. 

Hence, since the commandment of Jesus is be- 
tween them, andthoy observe the commandment 

in spirit and truth, they really kiss Jesus wh)le 

they kiss each other. See Matt. 25: '10. 

Now, from all the foregoing, and much more 

that might be said, we ask, Is not the time of feet- 

washing and the communion the moat appropri- 
ate time to observe this ordinance of love, of any 

that we can possibly think of? It certainly is. 

Of course, it is also very appropriate to observe 

it in meeting and parting, and in all times of 

worship. 

But because we are brethren, ami not one great- 
er than another, this ordinance should beUNITOBM, 

when observed in connection with other ordi- 
nances. Then it follows that because the saluta- 
tion is observed at the time of feet-washing, to 

make the salutation uniform, the feet-washing also 

must be uniform, i. a, one must not wash and 

wipe more than one. 
ItiBnotonlyneoesaary for one to wash only one 

for the sake of uniformity, but that the Scriptural 

injunction may be fully obeyed, as follows: " If I, 

then, your Lord and Master, have washed your 

feet; ye also ought to wobIi one another's feet." 

John 13: 11. 

Now, suppose there are ten brethren to wash 

feet according to JesuB' language, EAOH ONE must 

wash FEET. Jesus does not say that they must 

have their feet WASHED, but that they should w ish 

one another's feet. What he says to all, he says 

to each one. This settles the matter us to the 
numi'.eu each one Bhonld wash, which is only one. 
Jesus further sayB Ihat he had given them an ex- 
ample, that they (the disoiples) should do as he 
had done to them. John 13:15. How did he do 
to them? "He washed tbedisciph b' feet, ami wipe 1 
them with the towel wherewith he was girded." 
John 13: 5. Henco fur each one to do na Jesus 
said, one must wash no more than one, and to 
follow the example that Jesus gave, each one must 
also wipe the same one that he washed. 

Then, again, to show the uneveness of feet- 
washing, as I have Been it practiced iu the past, 
supposing the same " ton brethren" wash feet ac- 
cording to that way. as follows: The first will rise 
and wash the third, fourth, fifth, sixth, and seventh 
brother's feet, and the second will at the same 
time follow and wipe tho Bame brethren's feet. 
Now there remain only three who have not had 
their feet washed, and since the brother who 
washed all this time has not wiped any yet, and 
the one who wiped all the time hae not 

any yet, therefore, to complete the work, thoBe I £ orcvel . But eTen ns ^ 
two brethren, who washed and wipod the five, hingeg ^ Dpon 
will now change and will wash and wipe the re- 
maining three. Then, likely, the third and fourth 
will wash and wipe the first and second, who first 
led off. 

Now it !b completed, nud the result is as fol- 
lows: 

1. They all had their feet washed and wiped. 

2. One brother washed five and wiped three, 
and practiced the salutation ten times. 

3. One brother washed three and wiped five, 
and practiced the salutation ton tinieB. 

4. One brother washed two, and practiced the 
salutation four times. 

5. One brother wiped two, and practiced the 
salutation four times. 

li. Six brethren neither washed nor wiped any 
one, and practiced the salutation two times each. 

From the allusions we can clearly see that Buch 
practice is just as far from uniformity as it well 
can be. The saddest feature of tho whole work, 
in the above instance, is, that the su- brethren 
were deprived of washing feet,— the very thing 
Jesus said they should do, but they could not 



Let ns live more carefully, more Christ-like 
through the incoming year, and nil the time that 
God gives ub here on ea)th, that we may finally 
greet each other in the land where there are no 
pains and no sorrows, where the children of God 
will corns together from every clime, nation, kin- 
dred, and people, and fit down with Abraham, 
Isaac and Jacob in his kingdom. 

Boston, Ind. 



CORRESPONDENCE. 



Donations for the Poor. 



50 



1 00 
50 
50 
50 



We an 
takiug a 
past, do ' 
words we 



upon the year of 1889. In 

eviewoEour lives, during the year just 

■6 find tho work we have done, and the 

have uttered, what we would like them 

to be, if we were to be ushered into the presence 

of God? Would we wish to moke some amends 

and corrections? It all will come up in the great 

day of aocouots, on the resold of God's Book, 

either for or against us. Should we not learn from 

the past, to live more careful and God-like in the 

future? 

Once again we stand on the threshold of a new 
cyclo of time. Once again we will give each other 
glad mid joyous greetings,— glad and joyous 
through gool-will and love. 

The year might be likened to a chamber, which, 
when we enter it, opens wide before us. By some 
indwelling power we are pushed ever forward, un- 
til, at last, we are crowded out at another side, 
and the door is closed behind us,— shutting us out 
creaking of the door 
, it always brings the 
saddeniug thought of a last " farewell." We find 
;elves standing on the threshold of a now 
dwelling-place,— a dwelling-place still undraped 
and unfurnished, for we ourselves, by our daily, 
hourly choices of life's accoutrements throughout 
the coming year, will furnish the new, bare walls 
and empty niches. 

As we stand at the threshold of our new dwell- 
ing, while we may glance backward a little, re- 
grettingly, it may bo, for our failures in the past, 
a little sadly for our partings, at any rate we will 
look forward hopefully, courageously, " with a 
heart for any fate," so loug as we are striving to 
know and do the right. Step by step the way 
will lend us; step by step we shall find about us 
duties of the moments. Step by step our work 
must be done; step by step the end must bo won. 
Let us hope with each year to be ushered into 
large, freer dwellings, into a higher state of truth 
and love, that, when we have left our earthly 
homes, and stand on the threshold of eternity, we 
shall oppear in the mantle that has been formed 
daring the hours of our earthly pilgrimage. 



H. P. Talhelm, Kans 

W. H. Slabaugh, Mo 25 

C. W. Riley, Cal 2 50 

John Wolf, Cal . . . , . . 
Aaron A. Wolf, Cal... 
Mrs. L. W. Riley, Cal 
Clara B. Rilej', Cal... 

Mrs. J. Wolf, Cal 25 

Eva Wolf, Cal 25 

Mrs. A. P. Simpson, Cal 12 

A. P. Simpson, Cal 13 

Lydia Sherman, O 1 00 

M. H. Berger, Pa 1 00 

Catharine Felgar, Pa 1 00 

Elijah Homer, 1 00 

J. W. "Wine and others, Va 5 00 

Lizzio A. Hope, Dak 1 00 

F. Amau, 111 1 00 

Mary Stanton 1 00 

A. Brumbaugh, O 

David George, 111 

Martin. Garber, Va 

Mary Sheets, Va 

Eld. John Forney, Kaus 
Solomon's Creek church, Ind 



3 25 
3 00 



5 00 
9 G5 



Pine Creek church, 111 6 00 

Charles Kiusey, O 30 

S. M. Shuck, Minn 35 

D. Chambers, Mich 50 

Jno. E. Bossermau, Mo 50 

George K. Fuuderburg, Kans 40 

John Kuopp, Kans 50 

Fanny Fogle 40 

Mary Hyre 1 50 

J. L. Chrislieb 1 00 

A sister, Mo 25 

D. Leedy, Colo 40 

Pine Creek church, 111 1 50 

A gift from a brother, 111 1 50 

Irom the Spring Creek Church, Ind. 

As previously arranged, Bro. J. H. Wright, of 
iNorth Manchester, came to us Dec. 14, and con- 
ducted a serieB of meetings until last night, 
preaching seventeen sermonB in all, to the satis- 
faction of all present. The weather was bad part 
of the time, yet we had very fair congregations 
most of the time, aud good attention. Bro. Wright 
presented the Truth in a very clear and tangible 
manner. The saintB were much encouraged, and 
sinners were invited to " fiee the wrath to come," 
aud join in with the offered terms of mercy." 
Though there were no immediate accessions, we 
hope the seed sown will, at some time, spring up 
and bring fruit. _ E. MiLLEK. 

In Elemoriam. 

Michael Kimmel was born in Somerset Co., 
Pa., Dec. 5, 1821, and died at his home in Lanark, 
111., of aneurism of the iliac artery, Dec. 26, 1888, 
aged sixty-seven years and twenty-one days. He 



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THR GOSPEL MRSSENGER. 



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was first married April 7, 1844, to Nancy Liehty, 
who died in 1861. The children by first marriage 
are John, Samuel, Jonathan, Mary (deceased), 
William, Ephraim, Tobies, Elizabeth— all mar- 
ried. June 15, was married to Sally Liehty. To 
them were horn Susan, David and Hat tie; the old- 
est is also married. The children reside as fol- 
lows: John, Jonathan and Elizabeth, in Brown 
Co., Kane.; Samuel, Falls City, Nebr.; "William, 
Tobias, Susan, Sheldon, Iowa; Ephraim, David, 
Hattie, Lanark, III. 

Bro. Kimmel united with the church in early 
life; was called to the ministry in Somerset Co., 
Pa., August, 1850, in which capacity he has served 
as fully as circumstances seemed to permit. He 
came to Carroll Co., 111., twenty-three years ago. 
In business he has been more than an average 
success, although I believe he has never resorted 
to any disreputable means to accumulate wealth. 
In Bro. Kimmel's death a wife and children are 
bereft of a kind and faithful husband and father, 
the church a staunch support and reliable mem- 
ber, and the community an upright-, medest and ex- 
emplary citizen. His body was interred in Lan- 
ark cemetery, and funeral sermon delivered in 
Lanark church by Henry Martin. 

S. J. Harbison. 

From Charleston, W. Va. 

Bro. S. N. McCann, while on his way from the 
"West to his home in this State, stopped and 
preached several Eermons for us that I feel have 
left lasting impressions, and, I trust, will bring- 
forth fruit by and by. His meetings were during 
and after the presidential election, and it seems 
that, in consequence, his congregations were not 
large. Then, too, there is some opposition against 
us, which was some hinderance. Still our broth- 
er did not fait to preach the Word in its purity. 
One was added to the church during the meetings. 

We are still making an effort to build a house 
of worship at this place. We have now enough 
money and lumber to put up the body of the 
house, and the roof. I will give a list of dona- 
tions from the different ones: 

Sisters' Miesion, Huntingdon, Pa $ 5 00 

Kate Smith 12 00 

Jacob Thomas 20 00 

John Moulton 5 00 

Anna Duncan 1 00 

B. P. Moomaw... 16 50 

We feel grateful to the donors for the above, and 
trust they may be greatly rewarded for what they 
have given. If there are others that feel like giv- 
ing anything to help us, it will be thankfully re- 
ceived. We are yet in need of a minister in this 
place, and trust the Lord may put it into the mind 
of some dear brother to locate with us. 

A. Haws. 

From Longmont, Colo. 

In compliance with a call from Bro. John Hol- 
ler, of the Roek Creek church, Colo., (in the San 
Luis Valley) we boarded the train for that place. 
On the morning of Dec. 21 we anointed Bro. John 
in the name of the Lord, in the presence of a 
goodly number of members and friends. This or- 
dinance was new to many, but seemed to make 
good impressions. We tried, in our weakness, to 
hold forth the Word while there, and there seems 
to be quite a concern on the part of many. 

The Brethren seeing that the harvest was great 
and the laborers few, and that Bro. Holler is in 
poor health, they called for help in the Word, and 
the lot fell on Bro. Henry Lariek. This took 
away one of their deacons, so they elected Bro. 
Bohn to the office of deacon. Bro. McNutt was 
forwarded to the second degree of the ministry. 
The Rock Creek church is in love and union and 
in good working order. G. W. Fesler. 



Notice to Churches and Scattered Members in the 
Southern District of Iowa. 

There are some funds in the Treasury that 
should be used for the spread of the Gospel, and 
salvation of precious souls. The Board is at pres- 
ent doing some mission work at two different 
places. There are certainly many more places in 
the District where work should be done. The 
last District Meeting urges members, knowing of 
such places, to inform the Board. 

The Board is willing to furnish evangelists and 
aid them whenever called upon, as long as the 
funds last. There may also be some in the Dis- 
trict who are willing to contribute more in the 
future than they have in the past. IE possible, 
the Board would like to infuse new life altogether 
into the work, hence would like to hear immedi- 
ately from those knowing of places where mission 
work should be done, that souls might be saved, 
and God glorified. 

Send all communications and donations relative 
to the same to the Board, at South English, Iowa 
Peter Browek. 

From Dry Creek Church, Iowa. 

Dec. 6, Bro. P. S. Myers, from Cerro Gordo, 
111., came among us and opened meetings in our 
church. His preaching was plain and could be 
understood by all. He conducted the meeting 
from the evening of Dec. 6th, until the evening of 
(he 23rd, and preached in all twenty-one sermons, 
I think. Our congregations were not large, owing 
to other denominations holding meeting about 
thre9 milps from our church. The meetings were 
as a refreshing shower from the Lord. We trust 
that the good counsels given will be as bread 
cast upon the waters, to be gathered many days 
hence. We desire to see many of our clear young 
friends, who are out in the cold world, come into 
the church and go with us on our way Zionward. 
Bro. Myers has sown the good seed. Who will 
come and reap the golden harvest? 

Bro. Myers and wife left us Monday, Doc. 24, 
for other fields of labor. May the Lord crown 
their efforts with good results, and at last give 
them a home in heaven, is my prayer! 

Lizzie M. Rogers. 

From Greenmount, Va. 

We have just clo3ed a series of meetings at the 
Melrose church in the Greenmount congregation, 
held by Bro. J. M. Holder, of Lewistown, Pa,, 
commencing Dec. 15, and closing on the 27th. 
Bro. Mohler, during his stay in this congregation, 
preached nineteen sermons, — seventeen in the 
Melrose church, and two in the church at Green- 
mount, holding forth the Word with power. Many 
were the comforting words spoken to the Brethren 
and sisters, while, with earnest eloquence, he 
urged the Binner to "awake and call upon his 
God that he perish not." Four eouls made the 
good choice, and were received into the church by 
baptism, while there where others who seemed 
almost persuaded to become Christians. From 
here Bro. Mohler goes to Bridgewater. May the 
blessings of God rest on our dear brother in Lis 
earnest endeavors for tile salvation of souls, and 
may the Lord help us all to work out our own 
salvation with fear and trembling! 

A. Rebecca Wamtler. 

From Hickory Grove, Ohio. 

On Saturday evening, Dec. 1, we began a short 
series of meetings in the Hickory Grove church, 
Miami Co., Ohio. Meetings continued until Dec. 
12, there being fifteen sermons in all. Farmers 
not being quite through with busy work, the 
preaching was mostly done in the evening. Bro. 



David Replogle, of Rogersville, Ind., was with us. 
He ia a good talker, and fears not to preach the 
Word. Owing to various circumstances, the at- 
tendance was not largo at the commencement, but 
it grew bettor, and was reasonably good at the 
close. The order was splendid, and the attention 
undivided. I have reason to believe that Bro. 
Replogle's preaching was well received. There 
were no immediate accessions, but we hope the 
good seed sown will be as breed east upon the wa- 
ters, to be gathered in not many days hence. 

With the Hickory Grovo church, it is not al- 
ways sunshine. All is not so encouraging as we 
desire it. And where is the difficulty? "Not 
love enough for Jesus, not enough for eaok other, 
and too much for the world. Too much world; 
uot enough Christ. Too much money; not enough 
religion,"— bo says a good brother. 

Active ministers and deacons assist greatly in 
keeping the oauee from dropping into a state of 
dormancy. Indeed, I think the prosperity and 
advancement of the church depends, in a great 
measure, upon their faithfulness. How careful, 
then, ought they to be, to study to hIiow them- 
selves workmen approved of God, that need not 
be ashamed, though the sneers and frowns of a 
gainsaying world may be against them! 

D. S. FlLBRUN. 



When the division occurred between our Breth- 
ren and the Progressive Brethren, in the Pony 
Creole church, Brown Co., Kans., eotne years ago, 
the lot on which the church-house was built, 
through negloet, was not deeded to the church, 
and the party holding the deed also went Progres- 
sive, so that, as a result, our Brethren only ob- 
tained one-hulf interest in the church lot and 
building, each society using the house alternately, 
until about a year ago, when our Brethren decid- 
ed to either buy the undivided half, or sell, but pre- 
ferring to buy, and agreeing to give one thousand 
dollars for the other half. This proposition was 
made to the other party, but, instead of accepting 
the otter, they decided to fake the house and pay 
ub the thousand dollars; —they having preference 
of choice. This necessitated our Brethren to 
build a new house, which has been accomplished 
this fall. 

Ouv Brethren now have a noat, commodious 
ltouee, 40x64 feet, finished and paid for, which 
was dedicated Sunday, Dee. 23. 

On account of the Progressive Brethren retaining 
the old house, they would naturally retaiu the old 
name, and to have two Pony Creek churches in 
the same vicinity, would have constantly led to 
confusion and misunderstandings; therefore, on 
the day of dedication, our new houee was named 
the North Morrill Church. Hence the name, 
Pony Creek Church, eo far as our Brethren are 
concerned, has ceased to be a church name for us, 
and hereafter we will be known as the North 
Morrill Church. J. S. Mohler. 

Treasurer's Report of Nortk-E astern Ohio. 

The following ic a statement of money received 
from April 1 to Sept. 1, 1888: 

Loudonville church $ 5 00 

Rush Creek church 2 46 

Mahoning church 5 00 

Ashland church 14 00 

Canton church 10 00 

Mohican church 13 00 

Black River church 7 04 

Total S57 10 

Exchange on draft 10 

Total on hand §57 00 

Samuel Srrankle. 



THE. GOSPEL MESSENGER. 



8, 1889, 



Among the Churches. 

Wife and 1 loft homo Nov. '.), to visit the 
churches in Michigan. We wont north, a distance 
of one hundred miles, to Graud Rapids, the sec- 
ond largest city in the State. Central Michigan 
has some very nice farming land, and is noted for 
its nice fruit. 

We stopped off with the Brethren in lona 
County, in the Thornapple church. The Brethren 
here have just completed their new meeting-house. 
The house was dedicated Nov. 11. Services con- 
tinued until Nov. IC Then the Brethren held 
their communion services. The feast was a 
pleasant one. About one hundred members com- 
muned. Eld. Peter Long, from Indiana, was 
present, which added much to the interest of the 
meeting. Brethren from the neighboring church- 
es were also present, and helped to make the meet- 
ing pleasant. 

The Thornapple church has had a dark cloud 
hanging over it for several years, and is not en- 
tirely free yet, but we pray that a brighter day 
may soou come. During our stay with the Thorn- 
apple church one was baptized. Brethren Isaac 
Rairigh and Samuel Smith are the ministers in 

charge. 

From the Thornapple church we were taken to 
the Woodland church, fourteen miles south-east, 
into Barry county. MoBt of the Brethren living 
in lona and Barry counties are from Southern 
Ohio. The Woodland church has a pretty Btrong 
ministry. Eld. Isaac Miller has his home in the 
Woodland church, and is in his 78th year, but 
still does some preaching. Eld. Isaiah Rairigh 
helps to break the Bread of Life to the people. 
Brethren John Smith, David Flory and O. 0. Saase 
are ministers young in cilice, who help in the 
good work. Our Btay with the Woodland Breth- 
ren was too short, as we could remain only one 
week. The interest seemed to grow, and, by all 
appearances, some were near the kingdom. 

In this church we visited a sister whose nest 
birthday will complete one hundred years of her 
life. Her memory eeem6 to be good. 

From Woodland church we went to Berrien 
county, where we found the Brethren anxious 
to meet us. A dark cloud has been hanging over 
this ohuich, but we arc glad to see the GoBpel 
sun shine so brightly. Berrien church held her 
feast Nov. G. I feel much encouraged in the work 
here. May many prayers go up in behalf of the 
Berrien church! J. H. Miller. 

Notes by the Way— No. 6. 

Leaving Baltimore, Dec. 21st, at 9 P. M., we 
went aboard the boat Joppa, bound for Deuton, 
Caroline Co., Md., distant one hundred and twenty 
miles down the bay. Sister B. Brumbaugh and 
two children were aboard, whom we met in Adams 
county, Pa., ten dayB previous. We agreed to go 
along to her home. After being out an hour, the 
water became rough, and while sitting, reading 
the Messenger, found it inconvenient to sit quiet, 
and made haste to lie down. Many became sick. 
Daylight appearing, we entered the Choptank 
River, up which we steamed. The stream is quite 
wide, but runs a crooked course, lying in low 
banks with tall grass at the sides. The stream 
rises and falls with the tides, and is navigable to 
the place above named. 

I am requested to give a description of this 
section of country, as there is a diversity of opin- 
ion regarding it Some note that the general lay 
of the land is level and in places quite sandy, 
with no stone. Timber is abundant, consisting 
largely of pine, with oak and other varieties in 
places. Much of the pine has grown up on worn- 
out lands under old systems of cultivation. This 
is a very old settled country, the natives being 
all of English descent, who call all newcomers from 



the States foreigners. This is an excellent peach 
country with orchards containing from five to ten 
thousand trees, constantly growing in value. All 
other fruits and vines do well. Apple3 do not, 
however, Beem to keep well, maturing too early. 
Canning establishments are being built. The 
canning of peaches, tomatoeB, and sweet corn, it is 
said, is equal to any. 

1 find some good soil here, producing abundant 
crops of wheat and corn. With the introducing 
of new systems, better tillage, and the cheapness 
of water transportatipn, many of those lands 
would be desirable for the uses adapted. 

After landing at Denton, Bro. Brumbaugh took 
us out to his home, sis miles distant, the same 
evening. There waB an appointment for preach- 
ing, which continued each evening and twice on 
Sunday. We met in. a neat, good, well-built 
house, built by the Brethren, with the assistance 
of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, to which 
the churches of the Eastern Shore of Maryland 
belong. The Ridgely congregation is composed 
of about forty members. Eld. J. Y. King has 
charge of the congregation. He has moved in 
from Lebanon Co., Pa. The church only dates 
back six years. 

After remaning here for nearly a week, we took 
the train for Oxford, Talbot Co., distant thirty 
miles, over the Philadelphia and Wilmington 
Railroad. Here is located the Peach Blossom 
congregation. They are much scattered in mem- 
bership, and difficult to get together. Bro. 
Wingert is the minister in charge. There is, we 
are told, a Bro. Seaerist in the ministry, but we 
did not meet him. Bro. Wingert thinkB he com- 
menced the work of the ministry when too old, 
and feels somewhat discouraged, but does what he 
can. If the membership could be more concentrat- 
ed they would have greater strength. They only 
number some twelve to fifteen members. We had 
services on Thanksgiving Day. There were but 
few out. A union house is used here. Since 
my visit, seven years ago I find considerable im- 
provement in appearance of country. 

J. C. Lahman. 

A Warning, 

A MAN, calling himself Isaac Wilson, came in- 
to our midst less than one year ago, pasBing him- 
self as an unmarried man. He attended a few of 
the Brethren's meetings, then made application 
to be received into the church, and finally, as we 
trusted, united in good faith. Soon after this he 
was married to a worthy young sister, entered 
largely into business affairs, bought property and 
mortgaged it. He then sold the same, retained 
the money, and left for parts unknown. The 
young wife he left, proves to be his second living 
wife. His age is between thirty and thirty-five. 
He is of medium size, has dark hair, dull, gray 
eyes, a rather sleepy expression, full chin and 
face. He is quite a fluent talker, ready to lead 
in conversation, and Bpeaks rather boastingly. 
He seems to have a fair knowledge of the Script- 
ures, but is easily thrown from religious con- 
versation into foolish talking. Isaac E. Wibon 
did us much evil. Let others beware. The Lord 
reward him according to his works. 

By order of the Weeping Water church, Cass 
Co., Nebr. J. L. Snavely. 

From Eglon, W. Va. 

Having been solicited by the brethren and sis- 
ters of the Cheat River congregation to hold a se- 
ries of meetings for them, accordingly Bro. Jonas 
Fike and the writer left home Saturday, Dec. 1, 
arriving at the place of meeting in time for even- 
ing services. The meetings continued each even- 
ing during the week, with good congregations and 
increasing interest. On Thursday a church coun- 



cil was held, preparatory to communion services, 
which took place on Saturday, Dec. 8. The feast 
was an enjoyable one. The congregations were 
large, and the best of order prevailed during the 
entire services. Ministers present were Jonas 
Fike, S. A Sisler, and the writer. The meeting 
was one long to be remembered. It truly was a 
feaBt of good things. Bro. Jonas Fike oliiciated. 
As an immediate result of the meetings, two were 
reclaimed who had wandered away from the fold, 
and the members greatly revived. Our prayer is, 
that many more may yet enter the fold before it 
is eternally too late. The church at this place, 
like in many others, has seen her dark days, but 
the clouds are beginning to remove, and we hope 
a brighter day is dawning. Brethren and sisters, 
let us live faithful! T. S. Fike. 



From Pine Creek Church, Ind, 



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Dec. 7, Bro. George Stambaagh came among us 
and remained until the 13th. Tuesday morning, 
Dec. 11, although we were having a snow-storm, 
we went to the water, and one was baptized. We 
then went to the- house of an old siBter who wished 
to be anointed. Her disease was heart dropsy, 
and for some time she has been almost helpless, 
and getting worse all the time. She is now, to all 
appearances, getting well. In the evening, after 
anointing the old sister, we held our love-feaBt at 
her house. We had a good time, and feel that 
the Lord was with us. Some of the brethren and 
sisters showed their zeal by coming about fifteen 
miles through the snow and cold, in a covered 
wagon. We now have fifteen members here. 
Brethren and sisters, pray for us! R. S. Rust. 

From Waddam's Grove Church, 111. 

This church held her love-feast Oct, 19 and 20. 
Bro. J. G. Royer was with us, and remained over 
Sunday. Two were added to the church by bap- 
tism. We were indeed sorry that Bro. Royer 
could not remain longer, while the waters were 
troubled. To-day, Dec. 16, we close a series of 
meetings at the Grove meeting-house, conducted 
by Bro. Geo. D. Zollers, of the Hickory Grove 
church. Brethren Eby and Crouse were with us 
during the progress of the meeting, and lent a 
helping hand. Bro. George preached the Word 
in its primitive purity. Up to the present there 
are no visible results. While we were made glad 
by the presence and preaching of the brethren, 
we felt sorry that the earnest appeals did not 
cause the Brethren's children, and our neighbors, 
to retrace their Bteps. For the moment we felt 
like "taking Bhip for Tarshish," but we know this 
will not do, so we will buckle on the armor and go 
forth in our weakness and limited facilities, to la- 
bor on, in so noble a work. We expect to com- 
mence some meetings at the Chelsea meeting- 
house, Dec. 17. Other brethren are expected to 
be with us. P. R. Keltneb. 

Nora, III. 

A Voice from the West. 

Nov. 12th I went to Fredonia, Wilson County, 
where we began a series of meetings in the even- 
ing. We labored under very unfavorable circum- 
stances, owing to political excitement. We con- 
tinued meetings up to the 21st with small congre- 
gations. There was a good attendance on the 
part of the brethren and sisters, — some of them 
coming five miles every night. 

Nov. 17, the brethren and sisters met for love- 
feast exercises. About 110 members surrounded 
the tables of the Lord. It was truly a feast of 
love. About thirty young brethren and sisters 
communed. Our aiiiicted brother, John Hess, 
was permitted to participate in the divine services 
once more. He has passed through the trying 



Jan. 8, 1889. 



THE GOSPRL MESSENGER. 



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crucible of affliction, having been confined to his 
bed for several mouths. He seeine, however, to 
bear his afflictions patiently, and we pray that the 
Lord may sustain him in his sore trials, and bring 
his children into the fold, to comfort him in his 
declining years. 

Bro. G. W. Studebaker is still actively engaged 
iu heralding the good news of salvation to poor 
sinners. His warning voice is heard iu many 
places in Kansas. 

I came home from Fredoniain very poor health, 
and almost worn out by constant preaching, hav- 
ing been in the field for about eighty days or 
more. God blessed the labors of his children in 
the conversion of sinners, — about thirty being 
added unto the faithful. To God belongs all the 
praise. 

God bless the faithful laborers in his vineyard 
and crown their labors with success! 

Chas. M. Yeauout. 

Westphalia, Kan., Dec. 16, 18S8. 

Here and There 



In my laBt I spoke of having come to New Jer- 
sey to aid the Brethren in the Amwell church in 
holding a series of meetings. The meetings have 
been goiDg on now for one week. Last night it 
rained so hard and constantly that we did not ven- 
ture out. The good Lord permitting, I expect to 
remain with the Brethren here until the last of 
the week, when Bro. W. J. Swigart, of the Hunt- 
ingdon Normal, is expected to be on baud auc 
continue the meeting ten days or more. Thii 
will give the brethren of the Amwell church a 
three weeks' meeting, at least. I hope and pray 
that much good may result from these meetings 
to the church and the community. The interest 
is growing and already one has made the good 
profession. Bro. Swigart will, uo doubt, report 
the result of the meetings when he is through. 
Surely, the four appointments on hand for us 
and the ten more, at least, for Bro. Swigart, who 
is an able preacher of the Gospel, ought to accom- 
plish some good. God grant it! 

I am writing this report at the home of Bro. 
Jos. Haines who is one of the deacons of the Am- 
well church. The Haines family consists of 
brother and sister Haines, two sons, one daughter, 
now married, and away from home. The oldest 
son is also married and lives at home with broth- 
er and sister Haines. There is also living with 
the family a sister by the name of Hoppock,— a 
sister in the flesh to sister Joseph Haines. The 
Haines family are all members of the church, in- 
telligent and influential, and a nicer and more hos- 
pitable family would be hard to find. The second 
son, Amos H. Haines, aged about twenty-five, is 
in the ministry and preaches nearly every Sun- 
day, taking turns with Bro. John D. Hoppock, the 
present elder of the church. Bro. Haines is a 
graduate of the Trenton Business College, New- 
Jersey. He is also taking the regular Collegiate 
course at New Brunswick. His aim ie thorough 
scholarship, and he is destined, if he lives, to be- 
come a leading man in the church. I hope his 
going away to college in another church will not 
result in a loss to our own church iu the end. I 
pray such may not be the ease, as we have need 
of the best talent and scholarship the church can 
produce. And the very fact that we are losing 
some of our best men through a lack of proper 
school advantages in the higher grades of educa- 
tion, ought to, my brethren, stir us up to the duty 
we owe our children and the rising generation, in 
the educational interests of our church. Regard 
it as we may, we are living in an age when, as a 
church, we must heartily support and stand by 
our schools and raise the standard of education, 
if possible, on a par with the schools of other de- 
nominations, or suffer aerious damages and lose, 



from which it will be hard to recover. I sincere- 
ly trust, with the general wakening up in the 
church on the missionary question, there will al- 
so be a corresponding wakening up on the educa- 
tional question, and that our schools may be en- 
dowed and equipped iu suoh a way as to make 
them productive of the most possible good to the 
church. 

I almost forgot to mention the fact that Bro. 
Robinson Hyde, of Sand Brook, New Jersey, is 
also a preacher iu the Amwell church. Ho and 
Bro. Hoppock, the elder, are both getting old and 
infirm, and soon all the miuisterial work will fall 
upon our estimable young brother, now so earn- 
estly prosecuting his studies at college. We are 
desirous to see the cause flourish in the Amwell 
church, and we hope and pray that Bro. Haines 
will, when through with his college work, con- 
clude to settle down in his home church and faith- 
fully labor for the prosperity of the church here, 
now so hopefully looking forward to the time 
when our young brother shall receive the parting 
benediction from his Alma Mater, Rutger's Col- 
lege, New Brunswick. 

The writer hae lived in the East about fifteen 
years or more. In that time he has frequently 
come to New Jersey to assist on love-fea6t occa- 
sions and in protracted meeting efforts. Well do 
I remember my first visit to New Jersey. It was 
about two years after I had come to the East 
was written to by some of the brethren of the 
Bethel church, an adjoining church about ten 
miles from the church where I am now preaching. 
Quite an interest was taken in the meetings and 
the church was at times uucomfortably crowded, 
and about fourteen, if I mistake not, openly con- 
fessed Christ and were baptized. It was a good 
meeting and a time of rejoicing. The brethren 
and sisters of the little Bethel church were in 
earnest and full of the good spirit. Some years 
after, three or four perhaps, the Brethren there 
built a new and commodious church. My dear 
father-in-law, elder James Quinter, preached the 
dedicatory discourse. The church bade fair to 
become a stronghold in the community for good. 
Sad to say the enemy has come along and sowed 
tares in the field, and to-day that church, once so 
prosperous and her future bright with hope, is 
sadly beclouded. God hasten the day when the 
cause or causes now militating against the pros- 
perity of Zion in the State of New Jersey, may be 
entirely removed! J. T. Meyers. 

Some Messages. 



When I refer to my list o.f addresses to whom 
I mailed copies of " My Northern Travels," sev- 
eral months ago, I still find thirty-five who have 
not yet paid me for them and without any expl 
ation. The amount is S2G.75, exclusive of the 
$1.88, expended for postage. As a matter of ne- 
cessity, I appeal to each one to remit his re- 
spective dues to me very soon, or send a kind word 
concerning the delay. I now return my apprecia- 
and grateful thanks to the many purchasers 
for their Christian deeds and courteous expres- 
sions to me, an isolated member and in delicate 
health. No providential interference, it is my 
earnest desire and intention to attend our Confer- 
ence at Harrisonburg, Va., next June, where 1 
hope to meet many beloved friends aud members. 
From there I expect to travel and visit for my 
health, hoping thereby to gain sufficient strength 
to engage iu some suitable employment, next fall, 
convenient to our church people, 

I wish to express my grateful thanks for the 
many invitations sent me to visit at different 
points. Although home is the " dearest spot on 
earth to me," a change is now a duty, and I am 
confident it will be conducive to my health, and 
afford me a solid enjoyment with our church peo- 
ple. Never desiring to be a burden upon any 



one, I am now trying to raise sufficient money for 
my traveling expenses by selling books: "My 
Northern Travels, the Result of Faith and Pray- 
er." Price: full gilt, one dollar; fine cloth, seven- 
ty-five cents; heavy paper, fifty cents. Address 
all orders tome, which will be thankfully received, 
with prompt attention. 

As this well-meant little volume has received 
commendation from all classes and sects scattered 
over the United States, I hope those I now solicit 
to buy will not only find enough good to pay for 
it, but do good by suoh aid in raisiug the nec- 
essary funds for securiug a restoration of my 
health and the pleasure of again enjoying associa- 
tion with our church people and their worship, 
of which I am entirely deprived. 

Julu A. Wood. 

Bremo Bluff\ Va. 

From Powell's Valley Church, Orogon. 

AFTER traveling for some time in Eastern Ore- 
gon, Idaho, and Washington Territories, on a mis- 
sion of love, our dear brother, Eld. M. M. Bashor 
and companion arrived at our home, Nov. 23. On 
the day following, a number of brethren and sis- 
ters met here in council. All business waB dis- 
posed of with brotherly love. In the eveuiug we 
had an excellent sermon, delivered by Eld M. M. 
BaBhor from the words, "Search the Scriptures." 
On Sunday, Nov. 25, wo dedicated our house of 
worship, which is a large and comfortable build- 
ing, ereoted by the people and donated equally to 
the " Missionary Baptist," and German BaptiBt 
churches. After an address by Rev. Birged, of 
the Missionary Baptist church, and some fitting 
remarks and prayer by Eld. M. M. Bashor, of the 
Brethren church, the people went homo rejoicing. 

Brethren, let us not forget the Lord's work! 
As ho has prospered us, so let us give for the 
spreading of the Gospel. If it be but little, let 
us do what we can at auy rate. " The liberal soul 
shall be made fat," for " God Ioveth a cheerful 
giver." Margaiiet Mjetzger. 



From Gridley, Kan. 

Husband and I are somewhat isolated from the 
Brethren. Brethren George W. Studebaker, of 
Fredonia, and David Stouder, of Madison, came 
to our place on the evening of Dee. 8, and hold a 
series of meetiugs. We were much built up and 
sinners were made to seek the "good old way." 
One sister came out on the side of the Lord and 
was baptized and others are talking of coming. 
We held the meetings in a school-house, at a 
place where the brethren never spoke before. 
The attendance and attention were good. Bro. 
Studebaker preached eleven sermons in all and 
closed on the evening of the 10th. 

We expect Bro. Stouder here again in the early 
part of January. Much good might be done if 
some of the ministers in the East would come and 
help to build up the good cause in the AVest, as 
the ministers are few and have more than they 
can do. Anna Downing. 

From New Haven Church, Carson City, Mich. 

Ouit pleasant meetings are now iu the past. 
We had the pleasure of seeing seven precious 
souls made willing to lay off their load of sin, and 
to be buried with Christ in baptism. Two wan- 
dering souls returned to the fold. We m*re rich- 
ly fed from the sacred Word of Truth while Bro. 
I. J. Rosenberger was with us. Our meeting 
commenced Nov. 22, and ended Dec. 11. We had 
nice weather, good roads, and a fair attendance. 
Levi D. Bosbebman. 

Kind works produce their own image iu men's 
souls, and a beautiful image it is. 



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Jan. 8, 1S39. 



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Beo. H. W. Strickler spent some time with 
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One was baptized in the Swan Creek ch' 
Ohio, Dec. 9, 1888. 

Eld. John Murray's address is now Belleville, 
Republic Co., Kans. 

Bro. S. N. Eversole's address is now Tyner 
City, Marshall Co., Ind. 

Bro. J. G. Royer spent the Holiday vacation 
near Milford, Iud., preaching the Word. 

Bro. I. M. Gibson, of Farniingtou, III, has been 
on the sick list, but we are glad to say that he is 
at work again. __ „___„ 

Bro. Daniel Snell expected to begin meetings 
at the Center church, Ind., Dec. 22nd, and continue 
ovor the Holidays. 

Bro. Solomon Bdcklew will hold meetings for 
the Brethren at Purchase Line, Pa., beginning 
January 9th, 1889. 



Many good meetings are being held now in 
various parts of the Brotherhood and numbers 
are turning to ChriBt May the good work con- 
tinue until all the people shall know and obey the 
Lord! 

Ie you want a Bible of any kind, whether for 
family or private use, send to us for an illustrated 
catalogue, containing cuts of Bibles and sample of 
type used. "We can sell you Bibles as cheap as 
you can buy them anywhere. 

Bro. Hiel Hamilton, of Flora, Ind., says that 
Bro. R. H. Miller preached nine able sermons for 
them. The interest was good; tho large meeting- 
bouse was crowded, and good seed was sown, 
which will doubtless be harvested by and by. 



Bro. Peter Eisenbise and his wife, from 
Morrill, Kansas, paid us a pleasant visit the last 
day of the old year. 



From the "Wolf Creek church, Brown Co,, Kan., 
Bro. W. Sawyer reports a series o£ meetings, with 
two additions by baptism. 

Bro. Daniel "Vaniman preached for us here on 
the evening of the last day of the old, and the 
first day of the new year. 

Two were added to the church at "West Branch, 
by baptism, on New Year's day. Surely, this was 
good way to start in the new year. 

If there are any members of the Brethren 
church living in Henderson Co., Ky., will they 
please send their address to this oflice? 

At the last meeting of the District Mission Com- 
mittee, of Northern Illinois, it was decided to or- 
ganize a church in the City of Chicago. 

Under date of Dec. 29, Bro. E. Ginder, of the 
Sugar Creek church, Ind., reports nine accessions 
by baptism. Bro. Jacob Snell labored for them. 



Bro. John Metzger has returned from his trip 
to the Panhandle of Texas and is at present en- 
joying the comforts of his home at Cerro Gordo, 
111. He promises to give an account of his trip 
for publication at some time iu the future. 

We regret to say that our dear Bro. Enoch Eby 
is not well. We hope to hear very soon of his 
restoration to health. His labors for the churches 
in Kansas have been abundant, and he has, per- 
haps, overworked himself. May the Lord speedily 
restore him to health! 

Under date of Dec, 13th, '88, Bro. John Forney 
reports that they have been holding meetings in 
the west end of Dickenson Co. Three were add- 
ed to the church by baptism. They will hold 
meetings at another point in their congregation 
in the near future. 



Bro. Jos. R. Royer, of the Conestoga church, 
Lancaster Co., Pa., sends us a short report of a 
meeting hold in the northern part of their Dis- 
trict by Wm. M. Lyon, assisted by Bro. Hotten- 
stein. Five souls cams out on the Lord's side, 
and others were almost persuaded. 



Mount Morris is not a large town but there 
are at the present time living within its corporate 
limits one hundred and fifty-six members of the 
Brethren's church. 

Bro. J. E. Metzger, of Edna Mills, Ind., re- 
ports that Bro. Daniel Shively, of Miami Co., Ind., 
closed on interesting series of meetings on Christ- 
mas Day. Two were added to the church by barj- 
tism. 



The efforts of our dear brethren and sisters, 
coupled with- our own, to send the Messenger to 
many who do not ikjW receive it, are appreciated 
by those who in this way get the paper. The first 
copy sent out as a donation contains a printed 
slip notifying the one who receives it that it is 
paid for and will be sent six months or one year, 
as the case may be, free. The following letter 
will serve as a sample to show how the paper is 
received: 

Vinton, Iowa, Dfcc. 14, 18SS. 
Brethren's Publishing Co., 



D,-ar Fn\ 



paper 



I received a copy of your valuable 
i was notified of the fact that it would bs sent to me 
free of charge. In reply I wish to tender my grate- 
ful thanks to the person who was so kind and affectionate as 
to remember me with the presentation of such a gift which 
I believe is sent for the express purpose of advancing the king- 
dom of Christ and his righteousness. It will always be a 
welcome visitor in our home. Yours affectionately, 

J. C.Detwiler. 

Can we do better than to send the paper to 
gome appreciative friend for the year 1889, and 
thus assist in " advancing the kingdom of Christ 
and his righteousness"? 



Jan. 8, 1886. 



THR GOSPRL MRSSRNGBR. 



In last week's Messenger reports were given ef 
nearly two hundred accessions to the church by 
bapti&m. AYe rejoice that so many are taming 
to Christ, May the good workgo on until, instead 
of eaying hundreds, we may Eay thousands are ac- 
cepting the trutli as it ie in Christ Jesus. 



Bro. Enoch L. Brower, of WayneBborouga, Ya., 
spent three weeks preaching for the Brethren at 
Shannon and Chf-rry Grove. From these chui ches 
he went to the Franklin Grove church, stopping 
on the way long enough to raake*a short call at 
the Messenger office. "We enjoyed bis short vis- 
it very much and are ready to say most heartily, 
Come again, Bro. Enoch. 



Bro. J. M. Snyder informs us that he has per- 
manently located at McPherson, Kan?., where lie 
will continue the publication of Der BrUderbote, 
and will also publish the McPherson College pa- 
per, The School, Fireside and Farm. Those who 
wish to write to Bro. Snyder should make a note 
of his change of address. We wish our brother 
abundant Buccess in his new home and in his work. 



The Brethren now have services every Lord's 
Day in Chicago at 3: 30 P. M. They have rented 
a small meeting-house, located within a few steps 
of the north-west corner of Jackson street and 
Oakley avenue. From the Union depot go south 
two blocks, take Van Buran street ear, getting off 
at Oakley avenue within a block of the place of 
meeting. Brethren and friends visiting, or pass- 
ing through Chicago are cordially invited to at- 
tend the meetings. 



THE CHURCH'S NEED. 

In the great work of spreading the Gospel of 
Jesus Christ, which has been committed to his 
church, the greatest need at the present time is 
men who are willing to consecrate their lives to 
the mission work, men who are willing to sacrifice 
the comforts of home, the association of loved 
ones, and go out into the various mission fields, 
and labor and, if need be, surfer for the cause of 
Christ. "We have many ministers who are willing 
to be sent out for a few weeks, a month or two, or 
even for a year at a time, but this does not fully 
meet the requirements of the case. What is want- 
ed, and what the church must have, if she is to 
succeed in establishing the Truth in new fields, is 
men, who, like Paul, will go and stay until the 
Truth has been firmly planted. 

We have had, and still have, a few men of this 
type, and where they have gone out in this way, 
success, under God's blessing, has been the result. 
We might mention the good work wrought in 
Denmark and Sweden, in Texas, Arkansas and 
in other places. In all these places success grew 
out of persistent and long-continued effort. Spas- 
modic mission work doas not succeed. 

Take the example of the greatest missionary 
the world has ever known, Paul the apostle of the 
Gentiles, and his mission work in the City of 
Ephesus. He went there not to see the country, 
not on a pleasure trip, not to ascertain whether 
it would be a good place to make a paying invest- 
ment, or whether it would be a suitable place to 
locate a colony of brethren from Palestine; but 
he went there to preach Jesus Christ and 3 
crucified. He found a city wholly given to the 
worship of an idol in the image of Diana, of the 
Ephesiane, and he went to work with zeal and 
earnestness in his great mission of preaching the 
Gospel. He kept at the work, so tha t afterwards he 
could say: " Remember, that by the space of three 
years, I ceased not to warn every one night and 
day with tears." He went there to stay, and re- 
mained until he had established a church, and 



then, fro a» Ephesus, he went out to other towns and 
cities, so that almost throughout all Asia he per- 
suaded aud turned away much people from the 
gods made with men's hands. 

As a result of his earnest, self-sacrificing spirit, 
and the deep conviction that he was called of God 
to preach the Gospel of Christ to the Gentiles, 
he succeeded in building up, within a radius of 
sixty miles of Ephesus, seven strong churches, 
one of which, the church at Philadelphia, still 
exists and has, through all the changes that have 
taken place in the 1S30 years that have passed 
since.it was founded, adhered with considerable 
tenacity to the teachings of Paul. 

It is more of this class of workers that the 
church so much needs to-day, and until she se- 
cures them, the mission work must, to some extent, 
be crippled and suffer, and many calls go unheed- 
ed, because the laborers are so few. Where fail- 
ures occur, and they have and will come, it must 
not be concluded thao tie religion of Christian 
failure, but that our methods and men are not 
well adapted to the work. As before said, we have 
some men in the field who are doing noble work, 
and they, like Paul, have staying qualities. They 
are men of strong convictions, full of zeal and 
earnestness, but where we now have one of these 
men, the church has need of scores of them. 

Again, the church has need in almost every de- 
partment of her work, of men with strong con- 
victions. Especially is this true of those who go 
out into the mission fields. Here men are needed 
who have more than mere opinions on the great 
questions of truth, which they are to present to 
the people. Men who only have opinions are un- 
stable, unsettled, unfixed, easily led hither and 
thither by every wind of doctrine, and are not 
fitted to meet the opposition that must be met in 
new fields of labor. Men of convictions are the 
leaders iu all kinds of work. 

Some one has said: "Give me ten men with 
strong convictions and I will lead ten thousand 
who have only opinions," and this is true. Is 
there a leader among men, he it is who has con- 
victions. Dr. Brooks sajs some excellent things 
on this subject, his main thought being that a 
conviction seizes hold on the heart and brain, and 
becomes a possession of the mind of maD, and im- 
pels him to action. He not only takes hold of the 
truth, but the truth takes hold of him. He is 
permeated with it, full of it. The men and women 
who are thus moved by conviction, are in dead 
earnest. There is no play on words with them: 
their very earnestness in presenting the truth in 
which they fully and deeply believe, carries con- 
viction and convincing power to others. Men and 
women of this kind God usee. They are close to 
the truth. To them life is not an empty dream 
but, 

" Life is real! life is earnest! 
And the grave is not its goal." 

What we need to do as followers of Clirist, and 
as workers iu his vineyard, is to " hold our faith 
more firmly, end make more of it." Opinions 
lightly held beget indifference, and indifference 
begets doubting, and doubting leads directly to 
unbelief and infidelity. It is dangerous for a 
professing Christian to be indifferent as to the 
truth of any part of God's "Word. Such an one 
will never do much good in the church. His life 
is entirely a negative one. He is willing to let 
things go much as they will, and is ready to say 
that one way is just about as good as another. If 
you differ from him he will say, " Well, go ahead, 
I suppose yon are as near right as I am." 

One o£ the difficulties that the church has to con- 



tend with is this very spirit of iuditVereuoe. Too 
rnauy people simply give their as sent to the Truth, 
aud some there are who may speak publicly iu 
favor of the faith, aud in private are ready to say, 
" It does not matter so much whether you follow 
all the teaching of the Gospel or not; you need 
not be so very particular about it." And then, 
too, we occasionally hoar of some who so far for- 
get the vowb they took upon themselves, when 
they accepted from tin- church the call to the min- 
istry, as to speak publicly agiiinst her faith. In- 
difference leads even so far as this. 

You never find any indifference in the mau of 
convictions. His life is a positive nggressive one. 
You will always know where to find him. Ho has a 
firm belief iu the cause he espouses. His faith is 
fixed on God's Word, and he feels in his heart 
and soul that he is standing on the everlasting 
Bock of Ages, and feeling this, he has an earnest 
desire to see truth accepted by all men. 

Wo are not to be understood as condemning an 
honest searoh for the Truth. Wo admire and 
commend such search, but to bo always searching 
and never practicing is simple folly. A mau who 
had paEsed four score years waB asked by a frieud 
about his religious convictions. His reply was, 
"I have not settled down on anything yet, I have 
been searching for the Truth all my lire." " Well," 
returned the frieud, "If you do not soon find it, 
you will not have much lime left to practice it." 
The application is apparent to all. 

It is men with settled convictions that the 
church needs to go out into the mission field, to 
labor for the Truth as it is in Jesus, and such men 
she must have, if she is to succeed in the great 
work she has undertaken. 

And where shall she look forsnohmeu? One 
by one the old standard bearers, mon who have 
had the courage of their convictions, are passing 
over the river, and the future of the church will 
soon be in the hands of our younger brethren and 
sisters. It is to them that we must look for the 
future workers of the church, and this being true, 
it should bring a closer bond of union between 
the old and young, between those who are now 
leaders, and those who are soon to be leaders. 

Again, many of our faithful ministers, whose 
hearts burn with a desire to go out into these 
new fields, are so situated in life that they can 
not well go. Home, farm, family, and the cares of 
life bind them closely, and keep them from goiog 
as they would like to. Our older brethren are 
held by the cares of their home churches, and 
can not be spared, and indeed they should not 
desert their posts, where they are so much need- 
ed. Occasionally we find a brother who can be 
spared, and who has the qualifications of a mis- 
sionary, but we need many more of them. 

Our missionary work is but in its infancy, and 
the men who have been callod to the ministry by 
the church have uot, as a rule, looked forward to 
such work. They have thought of their work as 
being circumscribed by the home church, and 
have made their arrangements accordingly. Now 
that the laborers are needed, and being called for 
by the scores, may we not hope to see some of our 
young brethren, who are called to the ministry, 
consecrate their lives to the missionary work of 
the church? It will not bring you wealth. It will 
not bring you earthly renown, but it will bring to 
yon a reward greater than ten thousand worlds 
can give. Such consecrated workers, men with con- 
victions, men who are willing to suffer for Christ's 
sake, the church has need of, and must have 
before she can fully succeed in her great mis- 
sionary work. 



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THE GOSPEL MESSENGER. 



LEAVES FROM OUR NOTE-BOOK. 

At the beginning of the year many resolutions 
are made, but, alas, how few of them are carried 
out! We aay this year, We will do more for the 
church. The minister resolves to preach more; 
the ollicers and private members of the church re- 
solve to become moro eflicient workers; they will 
be more regular in attendance at the services; 
they will work harder in the Sunday-school; they 
will be more active in the prayer-meeting; they 
will give more money to charitable, mission and 
educational purposes. All this is good. It is 
right, at the threshold of a new year, to take a 
glance at the pant, as it often enables us to see 
ourselves as we are. Adam Clarke said that he 
never felt so little and unworthy as when he re- 
flected on hie past conduct. And can any Chris- 
tiau look with very much complacency on his past 
life? O, what blunders we made, and how far 
short we came of our ideal of a Christian life! 
This is so, at least, of those who have a proper 
conception of what a Christian life is. 

There are those, of course, who have a low ideal 
of Christian excellence, and are better satisfied 
with their past conduct. But now it ib New Year. 
Let us stop and think. What have we done the 
past year? What has occupied our minds most? 
For what have we spent most of our energy? It 
was reflections like these, most likely, that made 
Adam Clarke feel so unworthy, and they will make 
all who have a proper sense of their obligations to 
God feel likewise. 

When we compare our actions, our thoughts, 
and the sentiments of our hearts with ChriBt, who 
is our Model, our ideal of Christian excellence, we 
cau only exclaim with the Psalmist, " O, wretch- 
ed man that I am!" With this feeling of un- 
worthiness wo make our resolutions for the fut- 
ure. Let us make them. Because we have failed 
in carrying them out fully the past year, is no 
reasou why we Bhonld not try again. We can do 
at least a little better this year, and if so, we will 
have made a little progress. A very good man, 
perhaps the best man that ever lived, after taking 
a little retrospect, said, " Forgetting the things 
that are behind, I press forward toward the mark 
for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ 
JesuB." What we, as Christians, need to do is, to 
make our advancement in holiness the one thing, 
and then press harder. It is by pressing on amid 
the obstacles that we gain strength. AVill the end 
of 1889 fiud us stronger? IE we are spared to 
labor for Christ we ought to be. Let us not stand 
long on the threshold of the year, looking back- 
ward. A mere glauce is sufficient Let us go 
forth at once with a determined purpose to im- 
prove the present and future. 

We have heard of church members who stayed 
away from the Sunday-school and prayer-meeting 
for fear they might be called upon to take some 
part iu the services. Such persons certainly do 
not have a very large measure of the spirit of 
Christ, and his apostleB. They were not only 
willing, but anxious to work. Christ said it was 
his meat and drink to do his Father's will, and if 
we have the same spirit, we will be just as anx- 
ious to work for God. Then, too, Peter, John, 
James and Paul were faithful to duty. And bo 
will all be who truly love the Lord. We may feel 
our unworthinesB and inability, but it will be our 
delight to do what we can. When duty is oppres- 
sive and we must bo almost driven to it, we are 
not enjoying the liberty of the children of God. 
Holland truthfully says: 



"The most beaullfiiUight thin earth affords Is a man or 
woman bo filled with love that duty is only a name, and its 
performance the natural outflow and expression of the love 
which has become the central principle of their life." 

When love becomes the central principle of our 
lives, we will become more earnest workers. Our 
ministers will preach not Bimply because they are 
called by the church, but because they love soule. 
Our Sabbath-school teachers will teach, not be- 
cause it is a duty they can not avoid, but because 
they love to work for God. We will pray and 
speak in our prayer-meetings, not because we feel 
it our oppressive duty, but because we are pressed 
to it by the love of God. 

Christ called the Galilean fishermen to follow 
him, but it was some time before they became 
ministers of bis Gospel. Matthew says: 

" And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you 
fishers of men." 

Mark says: 



"I will make you," and "I will make you (or 
cause you) to become fishers of men," imply 
something to be done in the future. From the 
sacred record we learn that they were not made 
fishers of men until after Christ's death and res- 
urrection, and then they were to remain at Jeru- 
salem until they received the Spirit During 
Christ's three years' sojourn on the earth, they 
were only disciples, learners, and the finishing 
touch of their education wub made on the day of 
Pentecost. Not until then were they made fish- 
ers of men, and were qualified to go forth on their 
great mission. Let those who think no prepara- 
tion necessary for the high and responsible call- 
ing of the ministry, reflect. 

When Gideon was called to deliver the Israel- 
ites, he felt much like Christians often feel yet, 
when they have a work to do for the Lord. 

" And the Lord looked upon him and said, Go in this thy 
might, and thou shalt save Israel from the hand of the Mid- 
ianiles: have I not sent thee? And he said unto him, Oh my 
Lord, wherewith shall I save Israel? Behold, my family is 
poor in Manassch, and 1 am the least in my father's house." 

Poor Gideon! like so many of God's called ones 
to-day, looked at his own poor self. I am the 
least in my Father's house, and then, too, I do not 
have any money to support my family. What 
will become of my wife and children? But the 
Lord said, " Surely I will be with thee." That 
satisfied Gideon, and it ought to satisfy every 
man and woman that has a call from God to-day. 
And let it by remembered that every child of God 
has a call. Go, work in my vineyard, said Jesus. 
But every one's call is not just alike. Some are 
called to preach, some t> teach, and some to help 
support the preachers, and if all heed the call, 
and go according to the Lord's plau, the work 
will be accomplished. Some say, How can I sup- 
port my family if I give to all the calls that are 
made for charitable and mission purposes? Does 
not the Lord say, "I will be with thee "? He was 
with Gideon; he has alwayB been with his people, 
and always will be with them when they go right 
on in the line of duty. j. b. b. 



"Really great and honest men may be said to 
live three lives. There is one life which is seen 
and accepted by the world at large, a man's out- 
ward life; there is a second life which is seen by a 
man's most intimate friends, his household life; 
and there is a third life seen only by the man him- 
self and by Him who Bearoheth the heart, which 
may be called the inner or heavenly life." 



Notes from our Correspondents. 



— Eld. Daniel Bechtelheiruer, of Juniata, Nebr., 
sends the joyful news that four, — two by baptism 
and two by letter, — were added to the little flock 
at the above place during their last love-feast, 
and that lately one more has chosen that good 
part which " shall not be taken a»vay if he remain 
faithful." 

— Bro. C. D: Hylton writes: "Any one desiring 
to send a donation to the Mt. Jackson church 
should send it to Lewis Scaggs, fthwr, Va., in- 
stead of River, Va., as I was made to say in ' A 
Voice from the Mountaius.' We expect Bro. D. 

C. Moomaw to oonduct a series of meetings for us 
in January." 

— Our aged brother, Hiel Hamilton, writes 
from Flora, Ind., under date of Dec. 20, as fol- 
lows: "Bro. R.H.Miller commenced a series of 
meetings here last Tuesday night. His discourses, 
so far, have been very interesting. He is to con- 
tinue with us over next Sunday. May he be in- 
strumental in the hands of the Lord to do us 
much good." 

— "The members of the Logan church, Logan 
Co., Ohio," writes sister Sarah A. Miller, "have 
just closed their protracted meeting with good re- 
sults. Two more made the good confession, mak- 
ing twelve in all. Our meeting continued from 
Dec. 9 to 23. We cannot express the joy tbia 
meeting afforded. The ranks of Satan were shak- 
en and many dear souls rescued." 

— Under date of Dec. 21, sister Hannah Wen- 
rich writes: "The brethren of Ephrata have just 
closed a series of meetings, conducted by Bro. 
Samuel Utz. The meetings were a feast to the 
soul and his preaching was received with marked 
attention and appreciation. The attendance was 
good, and though there were no immediate acces- 
sions to the church, yet we believe that in God's 
own time we shall see the good results." 

— Bro. A. J. Nickey, of the Oakley church, 111., 
writes: "Bro. David Neff, of Indiana, came here 
Dec. 4, and labored acceptably with us nearly two 
weeks. Our fraternal ties were strengthened and 
spiritual life invigorated. Four precious souls 
were added to the church by baptism. We also 
had council-meeting, at which our beloved broth- 
er, John C. Sensenbaugh, was elected to the office 
of deacon. We hope the Father's blessings will 
abide by the labors put forth in his cause! " 

— Bro. Levi Baker, of the Saginaw church, 
Mich., writes: "According to previous arrange- 
ments, Bro. I. J. Roeenberger was expected to be 
with us on Dec. 7, to commence a series of meet- 
ings. Failing to get here at the appointed time, 
Bro. Shirk, from North Star, came, filled the ap- 
pointment and remained with us until Dec. 11, 
when Bro. Rosenberger came and continued the 
meetingB until the 19th. As a result of our meet- 
ings three were added to the church. We were 
all much encouraged! " 

— Bro. Henry F, Cary, of Pleasant Valley, 
Washington Co., Tenn., writes: "The church met 
in council, Dec. 15th, and all seemed to be in love 
and union. An election was held for two dea- 
cons, the lot falling on brethren John Saylor and 
Samuel Garber, who were duly installed into of- 
fice. The ministering brethren from other con- 
gregations were elders F. W. Dove, from Pleasant 
View; Henry Garst, from Pleasant Hill; and Bro. 

D. F. Bowman, from Knob Creek. Bro. Garst 
preached for us on Saturday night and also on 
Sunday. Bro. Garst is growing old iu years but 
Btrong in the zeal of the Master. May these two 
brethren serve faithfully and in&y they magnify 
their office! " 



THE. OOSPBL MBSSRNGBR. 



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— " I am still in the field," writes 13 ro. John L, 
Snowberger, of Holyoke, Colo. "Last Sunday I 
baptized two that formerly were members of oth- 
er denominations. Quite an interest seems to be 
manifested in that neighborhood. Others said 
they would soon come. It waB quite a curiosity 
to many to see triue immersion administered, but 
I think many will search the Scriptures now." 

— The brethren of the Marsh Creek church, Pa., 
as Bio. W. B. Jacobs informs us, commenced a 
meeting in the western part of their congregation, 
at the West Point school-house, Dec. 2, continu- 
ing every evening until the 1-lth. Bro. Kolb, of 
Maryland, assisted in the meetings. Though 
there were no immediate accessions, the many 
good impressions made, lead them to hope for good 
results in the future. 

—Bro. H. J. Brubsker, of Maxwell, Story Co., 
Iowa, who hea been a reader of our church papers 
for over thirty years, writes that lately he has had 
the misfortune of losing nearly all of his proper- 
ty by fire, and, with old age and the ills incident 
thereto, coming on, he feels very much discour- 
aged, but still puts his trust in the Lout for de- 
liverance. Surely, the Father above will not 
leave him comfortless! 

— Bro. J. A. Richardson, writing from Charles 
Creek church, Tenn., says: " The church at thiB 
place is in peace and uuion. Bro. Leedy and I 
drove nine miles on the afternoon of Dec. 7th, and 
held meetings on Saturdny night, Sunday, and 
Sunday night. One young brother made the good 
resolve to walk with the children of God, making 
two during the last month. We trust many oth- 
ers were strongly impressed. We regret to state 
that Bro. Leedy contemplates leaving us. We 
need his help very much." 

— Bro. H. K. Kitch, of the Sugar Greek church, 
Whitley Co., Ind., writes: " Eld. Jacob Snell, of 
Col lamer, Ind., came to us December 7th, and re- 
mained until the 17th. While here, he was act- 
ively engaged in demonstrating the Truth. His 
efforts were much appreciated. Nine precious 
souls made the good profession and joined in with 
the people of God. We hope they will hold out 
faithful to the endl May many more see the 
necessity of accepting the Savior while it is called 
to-day. May the work continue! May Zion in- 
crease and the Lord be praised!" 

— The particulars of a sad accident are sent us 
by Bro. O. D. Lyon, of Sidney, Nebr.: "Dec. 12 
our esteemed brother, Noah M. Kline met with 
terrible death, which caused intense sorrow in our 
community. He was engaged in digging a well 
near Sidney, and while being drawn out of it, his 
rope, which was defective, broke, letting bim fall 
to the bottom, and causing instant death. The 
funeral services were held on the 14th. Bro. 
Kline was only twenty-eight years old, and in 
every respect a thorough Christian. We shall 
not soon forget his kind counsel, given from time 
to time, in our Sunday evening prayer-meetings. 
May our Heavenly Father heal the wounds made 
by the sad occurrence, and sanctify it to our every 
good!" 

—Under date of Dec. 19, Bro. J. D. Haughtelin 
writes: "Bro. Frank McCune, of DallaB Center, 
just closed a short series of meetings near Pano- 
ra, Iowa, that was well attended. His theme 
last night was ' Work.' I think he awakened his 
hearers to the fact there is ' work ' for every one 
to do. In education, the more we learn, the more 
we find there is yet to learn. So in spiritual 
work, — the more we do, the more we find there is 
still to do. Bro. J. L. Myers, of Yale, missed 
these meetings by being out in the way places, 
preaching the Word. We are laying out the win- 
ter campaign and 'give to every man his work.' 
We are looking over the river for the reward, 
Pray that we may be faithful! " 



—Bro. Eli Eule, of the Washington church, 
Kans., informs us that he lately held some meet- 
ings at a new place, twenty miles distant, where 
he preached seven sermons with excellent inter- 
est. Though there was some opposition to the 
doctrine aud teachings, as taught by the Brethren, 
yet the continued, large attendance Beemed to 
demonstrate that the people were anxious to hear 
the Word in its purity. 

— Interesliug meetings are reported by Bro. C. 
H. Walker, of the Brothers' Valley church, Pa. 
He writes: "By previous arrangement Bro. Silas 
Hoover came to us Dec. 4, and remained until the 
13th. He handled the Word in an impressive 
manner. He forced the Truth home to both 
saint and siuner. The attendance was good, and 
the attention remarkable. Tears were made to 
flow and four precious souls Baw the error of 
their way and were buried with Christ in baptism. 
Bro. Hoover's discourse on the. subject of the 
Covering was poinLo I and instructive. It was re- 
plete with Scriptural arguments, and calculated 
to convince the most ak yucal." 

— Sister Ptaehel Stamy, of Robins, Linn Co., 
Iowa, writes the following for the satisfaction of 
inquiring friends: " I am Buffering at this time 
with cancer. Though I have employed medical 
aid to some extent, I feel assured that human 
skill will do me no good. The only relief I ob- 
tained so far was, by calling for the elders and 
being anointed. It was a comfort to my soul, 
and brought that sweet peace which alone can be 
obtained by obeying the Gospel. Dear brethren 
and sistere, do not get discouraged though you 
may meet with many reverses! The prizeja sure. 
Although dark clouds appear, forget not that the 
sun iB behind them. I am now making arrange- 
ments to go home. I do not mean by this that I 
am just starting on that journey. No, I have 
traveled many years in the way my Master led 
me. I am happy to know that my dear brethren 
and sisters always think of me when it iB well 
with them. The fervent prayer of the righteous 
availeth much, and I hope that ardent prayers will 
be offered in my behalf, that I may have grace to 
bear all my pains patiently. I have often made 
crooked paths, nevertheless the Lord was merci- 
ful to me, and when he sees best to remove me, I 
want to go." 



CORRESPONDENCE 

o the elm, 



Church News from Garrison, Iowa, and Elsewhere. 

Bro. P. Forney, of Garrison, Bro. S. H. Miller, 
of South Waterloo, and the writer, were called to 
Grundy County to transact some church business. 
Eld. H. P. Strickler, and family, are going to the 
Panhandle country, consequently it was necessa- 
ry to look after the interests of the church. 
Brethren W. Albright and C. Frederick were ad- 
vanced to the Becond degree of the ministry. We 
hope they will fully realize the great responsibili- 
ty under which they are placed, and that they 
will work with renewed zeal in the Master's 
cause. The church also made choice of an ad- 
joining elder to fill Bro. Stickler's place, as he 
was desirous to leave the church in good working 
order. We hope Bro. Strickler will prosper in 
his new home. It was sad for us to bid them 
adieu. We were made to feel that, perhaps, our 
next meeting would be over the river. May the 
good Lord blesB us all that we may prove faithful 
unto the end of our journey! 

Upon returning home we found Bro. W. C* 
Teeter, of Sidney, Nebr., carrying on the meet- ' 



ingsat Garrison (assisted by Bro. John Hideuour), 
with increasing interest. Bro. Teeter preached 
in all twenty-rive Bermons. Sinners were made 
to tremble, and mauy hearts were made glad to 
see three precious aouls enter the liquid stream 
and arise to walk in newness of life. Especially 
did the church rejoice when an aged brother, who 
had been standing outside, perhaps twenty-five 
years, came forth and gave his hand to the church 
again. I do not think I ever witnessed so mauy 
tears on such an occasion before. Wo pray that 
he may find grace sufficient for the days that may 
be allotted unto him and tho trials thereof. 

We believe there are others that are almost per- 
suaded to be Christians. Bro. P. S. Meyers, of 
Cerro Gordo, 111., is to be with us (the Lord will- 
ing) Dec. 24, and continue the efforts awhile. As 
we had refreshing seasons during Bro. Teeter's 
meetings, we also anticipate good meetings when 
Bro. Meyers comes. We hope the Lord will fully 
prepare hira for the work, and that the church 
may be engaged in his behalf. 

Stephen Jofinson. 

Echoes from the Highway. 

Dec. 15 I set out by private conveyance to go 
to Ventura Co., Oal., to pay a visit to the membeiB 
in the Conejo Valley. We found that a number 
of improvements had taken place Bince our visit 
to them last May. A number of new settlers had 
moved in, among them several families of mem- 
bers. The band of brethren there now number 
over twenty. They have a beautiful, new school- 
house built, in which meetings are held regularly. 
We had two appointments while with them. In 
my judgment the brethren up there have a bright 
future before them as respects the country's im- 
provement, and the prosperity of the church. As 
to the latter, of course, much depends on zeal and 
uprightness of living. The climate is, to all ap- 
pearances, very healthy, the soil remarkably pro- 
ductive and suited to most all kinds of fruits, 
grains, vegetables, etc. It is the stockman's para- 
dise, so to Bpeak, owing to the rich grazing range. 
I saw thousands upon thousands of acres of most 
luxuriant wild grasses on which large herdB of 
cattle, horses, and sheep were graziug. The whole 
earth was carpeted over with velvet greenness; 
even where the dense groves of timber grew, the 
grass was waving in luxuriant abundance. Water 
iB good and land comparatively cheap. Taking 
into consideration all these desirable things, I 
see no reason why the Brethren who have the 
start there, religiously, should not possess that 
land and be a working power to spread the Gos- 
pel up and down the coast. The members seemed 
to be in union, and earnest for the prosperity of 
the cause of Christ. 

On our return, in crossing the great San Fer- 
nando Valley, we noticed scores of eight-horse 
teams, ploughing, putting in grain. One farmer 
had twenty such teams at work in a field about 
five miles long. He could put in something like 
one hundred and fifty acres per day. Thus men 
work and manage for the staff of our natural lives 
while for the spiritual work of sowing and har- 
vesting it seems sometimes hard to get the where- 
with successfully to keep a one-horse plough 
going. How long, Lord, until the kingdom of 
heaven will have due prominence given it! 

J. S. Flory. 

From Altoona, W. Va. 

I am again at home, where I arrived last even- 
ing, and met the loved ones with joy. I had 
hoped to reach home several weeks ago, but could 



I left the little band of Brethren in Mississippi 
Co., Mo., Oct. 11, and commenced meeting on the 
13th, at Bobard, Henderson Co., Ky. I preached 
four sermons there in the Methodist church, and 



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8, 1889. 



then moved aboat MX miles to Petersburg, where 
I preached eight Bermons, and had three appli- 
cants for baptism, but, on nccount of opposition, 
could only baptize ouo of them (their application 
was withdrawn). I found two brethren and one 
sister iiere. They had heard no preaching for 
about eight years until this. Oct 21 we bade 
them farewell; arrived at Charleston, W. Va,, on 
the evening of the 26th. We commenced preach- 
ing for the little band of Brethren on the 27th, 
preachiug thirty-one sermons at five points. One 
sister was baptized. She had made application 
somo months before. We bade them adieu Nov. 
20, expecting to hold a meeting for the Brethren 
in Braxton (Jo. We took a boat and came twenty 
miles up Elk Kiver to Big Sandy Itiver. It was 
then ninety-five miles to the little bond of Breth- 
ren and no way to get to them but to walk. We 
started, with two valises in baud and with an ov- 
ercoat, weight of all about forty pounds. Do 
not ask us about our wearisome journey. We ar- 
rived in the Bulltown congregation late on tho ev- 
oniug of tho 24th; commenced meeting on the 
25th, and continued until Dec. 5, preaching twen- 
ty-one sermons. Four made the good confession 
and ouo more made application. On the (ith we 
began meeting at Fall linn, six miles above this 
place, and preached until the 16th, We had one 
applicant here, and ten of our brethren and sisters, 
who wandered away, became reconciled again. 
AVe will remain nt homo for some time. 

S. N. McCann. 



arousing the church on the importance of donat- 
ing to these pitiful calls. Eemember, whoso hath 
this " ww Id's good, and seeth bis brother have 
need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion 
from him; how clwelleth the love of God in him?" 
1 John 3: 17. I. J. Rosenherger. 



Notes and Jottinga on Our Trip to Michiga 

We commenced services with the Brethren at 
New Haven on tho evening of Nov. 23. The 
weather and congregations were encouraging 
On (he evening of Deo. G we had to close, but in 
view of tho interest, the brethren prevailed upon 
us to remain until the 11th, when we closed with 
eight additions, six by baptism and two by confes- 
sion. 

In this church our beloved brother, Eld. John 
Brilhnrt, died, about one year ago. Brethren D. 
Chambers and E. Bossermau are the present eld- 
ers, with George Stone nnd Marion Shirk as help- 
ers. We wero glad to find the New Haven church 
in a good working order, with a good Sabbath- 
school. Wo devoted some of our time to the de- 
fense of the Gospel, as held up iu some of the 
practices of the church. While it seemed strange 
to Borne, it, generally, was well received. On our 
leave the general purpose seemed to be to do more, 
and do it batter in the future than iu the past. 

Dec. 11 wo reached the Saginaw church, and 
found the meeting iu session in a school-house, 
oorrii -I on by Bro. Shirk, from New Haven. Bro! 
Shirk is yonng in yesra and iu the ministry. He 
was installed on Ids eighteenth birthday. His 
high calling seems to have humbled him" rather 
than exalted him. The neces-ity of cnlliug young 
men to the ministry bas beoome apparent; but the 
great danger is, that the solemn trust committed 
to them will exalt them; when so, they will prove 
sad detriments to the cause. 

We closed Dec. 19, with three additions. Wo 
regretted that our homo meeting compelled us to 
close at the date above. Bro. David Baker and 
his son, Levi, are the ministers at this place. The 
country is newly improvod, but our Brethren's in- 
terest bids fair. 

At the close of the last meeting, the enterprise 
of a church-house was taken up, and sanctioned. 
Over four hundred dollars were subscribed; and 
they decided to get out the rough material at 
once. Their poverty compels them to appeal to 
the General Mission Board for help. I trust that 
they will not bo disappointed, for they can not 
build unless they get help. I hope" that these 
constant sympathetic calls will awaken more 
Brethren, especially elders, to the necessity of 



From the Naperville Church, 111. 

Bno. H. W. Serickler labored for us from Dec 
17 until Christmas evening. The weather waf 
good but the attendance was small. Bro. Strick. 
ler'.s seriiiwis were instructive, and eternity alone 
will reveal the full result of his labors. The 
church has had a Benson of refreshing, and saints 
re made to rejoice in the God of their salva- 
tion. Bro. Strickler leaves here for Pennsylvania. 
May the saving of souls lie close to his heart, is 
my prayer! 

Our love-feast, Oct. 20, was a pleasant one. Bro. 
Daniel DierdorfY officiated. One brother was ad- 
vanced to the second degree of the ministry, and 
one to the deacon's office. 

Harvey M. Baiikdoll. 

Notes hy the Way. 



I left home Dec. 10 to attend the dedicatory 
services of tho new meeting-house in Elizabeth- 
town, Lancaster Co., Pa. The name of this church 
is Chiqnes. It was organized in October, 1SG8, 
with about two hundred members and throe min- 
isters, viz.: Philip Zeigler, Jacob Reider and Sam- 
uel E. Zug, — the two former being now dead. 
Since its organization they have built three hous- 
es, two '50x80 feet, and one 40x70, costing, in all, 
over 812,000. The membership now numbers ov- 
er 500, presided over by Eld. S. K. Zug, assisted 
by Jacob L. Eshelman, Jonas P. Price nnd A. L. 
Eshelmnu in the ministry, and J. W. Gibble, S. 
Gibble, B. B. Zug, D. M. Eshelman, J. S. Ger- 
lach and H. S. Zug as deacons. 

The old house in Elizabethtown was too small 
for the growing congregations, and the church de- 
cided to build a new one, which was consummated 
the early winter. The new house is "beauti- 
ful for situation," and is spacious, plain and sub- 
stantial,— being constructed of the best material. 
The walls are brick and the inside is finished with 
yellow pine, oiled. I judge it to bs the largest 
church in town, of which there are quite a num- 
ber. Muny members reside iu town, nnd their in- 
fluence, financially and spiritually, is felt. If 
they continue humble and prayerful, and work as 
tho demands of a town require, a glorious future 
is before them. 
It was estimated that fully 1500 people turned 
it at the dedication. The house waB filled to its 
utmost capacity, but all could not be admitted, 
consequently some had to go away. Brethren H. 
Light, Jonas Price, Wm. Hertzler and H. Crout- 
hamel, from other churches, were present and 
took part iu the services over Sunday. Bro. 
Light remained until Thursday, and preached iu 
the day-time iu the German language. I remained 
over Sunday. The attendance was good,— rather 
large throughout. There were about eight bun- 
dled or more at the last meeting. Previous ar- 
rangements called me away when the meeting 
should have been continued. There seemed to be 
much love and miiou among the brethren nnd sis- 
ters, and my stay among them was pleasant. 

., „ . _ J. A. Sell. 

MaKees Gap, Pa. 



More From Beatrice. 

We have been pushing tho work of our new 
meeting-house vigorously. In less than three 
■eeks from the time the carpenter work was be- 
gun, the house was plastered. We expect to be 
no less diligent in working for the cause of our 



Master, than wo have been in erecting a house 
for that purpose. AVe expect to dedicate it Jan. 
13, and hold a continued meeting at thesame time. 
We are very grateful to him who inclines the 
hearts of people to good work, for their helping 
hands and hearts. AVe can assure you, dear breth- 
ren and sisters, who are sacrificing so nobly to 
help us bear our financial burden, that this which 
you have sent us, is only a loan to the Lord. As 
the good work goes on, and the house in Beatrice 
is paid for, we will be helping to build houses 
elsewhere, but if wo would be left to bear our own 
burden it would be sometime before we would be 
free to help elsewhere. Oh, how thankful we 
should lie for helping hands snd hearts! 

Some may wonder why we have made mention 
of our work in the paper. I will explain more 
fully. It is not a work of the North Beatrice 
church, but of individuals. Our congregation is 
now preparing to build a house about seven miles 
in the country, and this will be as inach of a bur- 
den as they cau bear. So we have put our shoul- 
ders to the wheel, and by works, faith, and prayer- 
others are helping to move it. All contributions 
can be sent to the undersigned, nil will be duly 
acknowledged in the Messenger., Since onr last 
report one more has been added to our flock, from 
Pickrell, Neb. Some say^the work of the church 
can not prosper in cities* If such be true, I am 
persuaded that the fiult is ours, for it did pros- 
per in the larger cities one day, and surely more 
people live in cities than in the country, in the 
same amount of territory. I believe the facts are, 
we have not given the work a fair trial in towns. 
To make it a success, we will have to do like Paul 
and Petar did,— go and stay one year, if that will 
complete the organization; and if not, stay two, 
three, or four. Preaching a sermon every week 
or two will never do the work. Then we need 
men to do the evangelistic work who will not com- 
promise with the world, and say, "I will take 
half what yon have, if you take half that we have." 
May God send us more "Daniels," who are not 
afraid to stand alone until some one stands with 
ua. Wo need more laborers who believe with all 
their heart, " Lo, I am with you alwayB, even un- 
til the end of the world." J. E. Young. 

Notice to Southern District of Kansas. 

Tee undersigned was appointed by the last 
District Meeting of Southern Kansas to look after 
the General Church Erection and Mission Work. 
Each housekeeper in the District should seo that 
there are solicitors appointed in each church to 
collect and forward whatever may be gathered for 
that purpose, to the writer, as per address given 
below. We will have to report to next District 
Meeting, so be prompt in tho work. 

William Johnson. 
Conway Springs, /vans. 

From Entrican, Mich. 



On Friday, Dec. 7, Bro. Samuel Smith, of 
Campbell, Ionia Co., and John Smith, of Nash- 
ville, Eaton Co., came to us, and the same evening 
began a series of meetings at the Baptist church. 
They held meetings Friday and Saturday even- 
ings at the church, and Sunday forenoon and 
evening at the Clifford Lake school-house; then 
held meetings again at the church on Monday, 
Tuesday and Wednesday evenings. As an imme- 
diate result, two were added to the church by 
baptism. 

On Thursday Bro. Samuel left hero, to com- 
mence a 6eries of meeliugs at North Star church, 
iu Gratiot Co. Bro. John remained here and 
held meetings at the Deadwood school-house un- 
til Tuesday, when he went to North Star, to assist 
Bro. Samuel. They had good congregations at 
oil of the places, end the best of attention,— all 



Jan. B, 18S9. 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER. 



iry desirous oE learning ;ill they ci 
and we believe that quite a number are almost 
persuaded to come to the chnroh, and follow 
Christ in all of his commandments. 

It is the general opinion among all that if our 
brethren coald have stayed longer, or if it could 
bo possible that they could come back, it would 
be the moans of adding a number more to the 
church. There are tome at Deadwood that have 
never boon awakened to a tense of their, situation 
while out of Christ, and have always made light 
of religion, but while Bro. John wfs delivering 
his last sermon, they could not refrain from shed, 
ding tears. There aro seven members hero now. 
We have meetings every six weeks. 

Dear brethren and sisters, when you pray, re- 
member this enroll number of seven, isolated from 
the church, that we may set such en example be- 
fore tho3e with whom we associate as to be the 
means in God's hands of bringing more into the 
fold of Christ. 

We earnestly invite any of our brethren to come 
here, at any time, and hold forth tho Truth, and 
we will assist them all we can. 

G. S. Stoddard. 

From the Little Band in Lunenburg Co., Va. 

Pleasant Grove, Va., Dec. iS, iSSS 
Dear Bro. Moomaw:— 






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joy that 
before, 



i the Christi 
I have experienced since I took the step, but I cat 
the love of Jesus to me is more precious than e. 
and I feel to rejoice in the sunshine of his forgiveness. I 
hope that I may always show my appreciation of his loving 
kindness by keeping all ol his commandments. 

I am not forgetful of your kindly admonitions to me, while 
you were here, and your visit to us will always be appreciated 
as the beginning of my new life, which I hope to spend in the 
loving service of our blessed Lord. 

We were all glad to greet Bro. D. C. Moomaw, and since 
he came, we have had a glorious meeting. Thirty have been 
baptized, and I think there are others who will be this week. 
One of Bro. Love's daughters was baptized also, (sister Flor- 
ence). She is a dear little sister. 

There are other young sisters, too, and we "little lambs," 
(as Bro. Daniel calls us), need " Grandpa " Moomaw's prayers 
to help us adorn the doctrine. Pray for us, and may we all 
be found among your jewels when you reach the better land, 
is the prayer of ) ojr little si ter. 

Father and mother join me in much love. I would be glad 
nd in your visits to confirm the little 






burg. 






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I semi the above letter for publication, thinking 
that it will have a tendency to encourage other 
young persons to follow her example, with the 
hope of realizing tho glorious experience as ex- 
pressed in her case. 

She is a young lady of eighteen summers, with 
rare endowments and literary advantages, and one 
of a congregation numbering now about fifty mem- 
bers, organized with eight members Aug. 8, 1888. 
B. F. Moomaw. 

Messages Dropped by the Way. 

The field of missionary work, I am 
in, is one in which a few isolated members 
found. For four successive days I visited mem- 
bers ten mite from tho place of meeting, held at 
night; these visits all being in different directions 
from the moeting-house. Yesterday the brother 
who conveyed me on one of those trips told me of 
the enormous expense which the use of tobacco 
caused him, per year. But he resolved to stop 
that expanse on the following plan: "To buy no 
more tobacco and to give an Endowment Note to 
the Church Erection and Missionary Fund, and 
also one to the Book and Tract Work, and pay the 
yearly interest on these, instead of his former out- 
lay for tobacco." He hopes that, by making this 
donation to the Great Helper, he will obtain grace 



—To-day 1 lodge with a dear brother and Ins 
companion who have n very comfortable property, 
but no immediate heirs. They, therefore, endowed 
to the Lord a nice legacy of their effects, desiring 
that this much, at least, shall be finally devoted to 
its original Source. 

—The good work is slowly, but steadily and 
surely, moving onward among us. But it is re- 
markable how many of those that are rich will not 
be moved with sympathy to the cause of tho 
sproad of the gospel! C. C. Root. 

Notice from the Nebraska Mission Board. 

We hereby announce that we are fully prepared 
to fill all calls made for preaching, especially 
those from isolated members and weak churches. 
Those who "hunger and thirst after righteous- 
ness" should send in orders, make their nants 
known, and their wants shall be supplied. 
D. G Cuipe, Sec, 

Dorchester, Nebr. 

From St. Joseph Church, Ind. 

Bro. J. C. Murray came to us Dec. 8th and be- 
gan a series of meetings at the Wenger church. 
Though the congregations were rather small at 
first, they began to increase until Dee. 23, when 
the meetings closed with a crowded house and 
the best of interest. Two dear sisters came out 
from the world, to walk in newness of life. Many 
lasting impressions were made. Bro. Murray is 
an earnest advocate of the principles of Christ, 
and with Paul can truthfully say: I am not asham 
ed of the Gospel of Christ for it is tho power of 
God unto salvation. May God have all the praise! 
H. W. Krieohuaum. 

More About Dakota. 

Whilst Bro. Miller is telling the readers of 
the Messenger what is being done in the Southern 
part of Dakota, we would inform them of what is 
transpiring in this part of Dakota, near the ISth 
parallel. Last summer theBrathrenof the Willow 
Creek church held a love-feast, during which we 
became acquainted with brother and sister Daniel 
Wnmpler, formerly of Virginia, Ho came from 
La Placs, Piatt Co , 111., to this Territory about 
three years ago, and settled in the east part of 
Brown county, east of tho James river. We have 
held monthly meetings there since, with one ex- 
ception. The county is well settled around here, 
and it is easy to get a good congregation. 

About a week ago Bro. William Horning and 
the writer commenced a series of meetings in the 
school-house, which lasted from Saturday even- 
ing, Nov. 17, to Sunday, the 25th. There was a 
good attendance, and we hope good will result 
from our efforts. We held a love-feast on Satur- 
day evening at Bro. Wampler's. This was entire- 
ly new to nearly all present. Only seven held tho 
feast,— brother and sister Wampler, brother and 
sister Mansfield, Bro. Horning, and the writer 
and wife. Thus the truth was set before their 
eyes. 

The writer intends to remain here all winter 
teaching a school and preaching the Word. W< 
are thirty miles from home, but we think it is oui 
duty to remain here and sow the good seed. 

This is an excellent locality for a minister of 
the Gospel to locate. If any brother would like 
to come to this healthy, prosperous country, let 
him write to Bro. Daniel Wampler, Detroit, Brown 
Co., and he will be further informed. 
Dakota is not behind any of the new States 
dier in enterprise, prosperity, or natural re- 
sources. There are good openings here for mis- 
sionary work, but, as it is uncertain when a mis- 



of the Messenger, for distribul, 



tin 
a vast i 



nonary. Those 

mount of good! 



ileul 



ion, as pioneers of 
is ; eugers can do 
Jajils Evans. 



A SABBATH IN THE LIFE OF JESUS. 

(Conrludcd from isl fagc.) 
it," that is, one possessed of the devil, as we have 
it in Matthew and other places in the Scriptures. 
The demons, or fallen spirits, seemed to have a 
great influenoe over that generation, and it was, 

possibly, so allowed that Jesus might more strik- 
ingly show his power; and testify to his Mi si iah 
ship. The demon acknowledges Jeans a i the 
"Holy One of God," and ories, "Lot us alone. 
What have we to do with thee? Art thou come 
to destroy us before the time?" Why this ques- 
tion? Because there is a time at which evil spir- 
its will be destroyed (2 Pel, 2: -I), and as they 
seemed to know this, and knowing, too, that this 
time had not yet arrived, they ask tho question, 
Notice, too, that Jesus rebuked, not the mini, but 
the devil possessing the man, which proves that 
the possession was not a mere disease, but a devil. 
When Jesus rebuked the domon, after it had 
torn the man and cried with a loud voioe, it came 
out of him. No wonder tho people were amazed 
at such a manifestation of power on the part of a 

tranger, who had just dropped into their pli 

rorship. No wonder that his famo sproad 
abroad throughout all the regions round about 
Galilee. From this incident, we learn that Christ 
lias absolute power over unclean spirits. But the 
beauty of the lesson is, that he communicates this 
power to us. Bad spirits take possession of us, 
lint through Christ who strenglhenoth us we can 
subdue them. Auother lesson is, that wo may 
have an intelJectual knowledge of Christ nud yet 
deny him as our Lord and Redeemer. A mere 
belief in the doctrines of tho Bililo will nut save 
us. We nolico, 






to overcome the temptations of the habit he un- sionary will visit us, we have concluded to get at 
dertakes to abandon. | least a hundred copies of the missionary number 



III. AN INCIDENT IN THE HOUSE ol' BIMOS 

AND ANDREW. 

Jesus went immediately from the synagogue to 
this house. There was distress there. Tho two 
disciples, Simon and Andrew, who had some 
knowledge of Jesus' power, went, no doubt, pur- 
posely, to the synagogue lo invito him into their 
distressed household. They accompanied him 
there with anxious hearts. Jninei and John, 
through sympathy and concern, also join the lit- 
tle company. As soon as they enter the house 
they tell Jesus of their trouble. Simon says, 
" My wife's mother is very sick of a fever." He 
did not ask the Master to raise her up. The 
mere statement of the case was all that, was neces- 
sary. He wont to her bedsido, took her by tho 
hand, lifted her up and the fever departed. No- 
tice the effect on the subject. She immediately 
commences to minister unto him, perhaps, tho on- 
ly way the poor woman knew how to express her 
gratitude. So when we are healed of our spiritual 
maladies, our first expression of gratitude should 
be work for Jesus. When we feel tho pardon of 
our sins, and yet do nothing for him, we are like 
the ungrateful nine that were cleansed. Notice, 
too, the effect of this cure on tho people. They 
brought unto him oil that were diseased. They 
had faith in Jesus' power to cure, because they 
saw an unmistakable evidence of it. So, when 
men and women are truly converted, and give 
proper evidence of if, a power and influence will 
be exerted on others. Learn, last of all, from this 
Sabbath in the life of Jesue, that our mission on 
th is a ministry every day and every-where. 
J. B. B. 



.'JO 



THE. GOSPEL MESSENGER. 



Jan. 8, 1880. 



Missionary and Tract Work Department. 



old him give. Not grudg- 
r of necessity, tot lite Lord 



MUCH SHALL V 



Organization of Missionary Committee. 



Danibi. Vaniman, Foreman, 

I). 1.. Mitt i u, Sccrctnry and Trcai 
G. I). Rtivi «, A-.-.i .tiiiii Secretary 



Vli-ilcn, 111. 
Ml. Morris, 111. 
Ml. Morris, III. 



Organization of Bonk and Tract Work. 



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Dayton, Ohi 
Dayton, Olti 



I Ail donations intended for Missionary Work should be 

mil to I'. I- Mill i it, Ml. Morris, 111. 

g^-All money lor Tract Work should Itc sent to S. Bolk, 
Dayton, Ohio. 

(.-j-Monrv mny be sent by Money Order, Registered Let- 
ter, oi Drnftson New York or Chicago. Do not send person- 
al checks, or drafts on Interior towns, as it cosls 25 cents 10 
coiled them 

(®- Solicitors arc requested 10 faithfully carry out the plan 
of Annual Meeting, that all our members be solicited to con- 
tribute "i lent twice a year for the Mission and Tract Work of 
the Chun li. 

g*£ Notts for the Endowment Fund can be hutl by writing 



, lit,. Sol 



,,l cither Wc 



Donors to the Tract l'uud are reminded that 
money for that Work Bhould be sent to Bro. S. 
Bock, Secretary and Treasurer, Dayton, O. Dc 
not Bend it to this office. If you do, we will be 
obliged to romail it to Bro. Bock. Make a note of 
this, and don't, forget it. 

Next week the quarterly report of the General 
Missionary Committee will be published. Bead 
it carefully and let eaoh individual ask himself 
this question, " What am I doing for the spread- 
ing of the (iospel?" andtheu answer it in the fear 
of God, and with the knowledge that, as you nn- 
Bwer it now, and help in the good work, so will 
your reward be in the world to come. 

The growing importance of the Missionary and 
Trnct Works of the church seemed to demand a 
separate department iu the Messenger. We 
have, therefore, Bet apart this space for announce- 
ments, esBays, reports, etc., of this important 
churoh work. The organization of the Missiou 
and Tract Committees iB given above, so that no 
mistakes need occur as to whom money should be 
sent. Short, well-written articles, not to exceed 
oue column in length, ou mission aud tract work, 
are solicited for this department. Let your com- 
munications be short aud to the point. Such ar- 
ticles are always read. Long, rambling essays are 
not read, aud, if they were, would not prove edify- 
ing. 

It doeB no good to fall into the habit of grumb- 
ling about what the church has not done aud is 
not doing in the mission work. Let us look at 
what she is doing to-day and compare it with 
what she did twenty years ago, aud we will have 
good reason to thank God aud take courage. To 
hold up to view our failing, may, occasionally, be 
beneficial, but it don't do to keep it up. We need 
encouragement as well as chastisement. Look 
back just five years, and compare what the church 
is doing to-day in mission and tract work with 
what she then did, and then look forward ten 
yearB and add the per cent of increased interest, 
and you may feel like rejoicing instead of fiutling 
fault. Whilst the church is not doing all she can, 
she is moving iu the right direction, and we are 
glad that she is moving. 



Oun missionaiies iu Denmark and Sweden, who 
are laboring so zealously tor the Master, ask the 
unitod prayers of the church in their behalf, bo 
that the work may prosper and that many bouIs 
may be brought to a full knowledge of the Truth. 

<Vre you giving at least one cent a week for the 
rk of the church, as requested by An- 
nual Meeliog? If all would do this, we should 
have annually $35,000 to use in spreading the Gos- 
pel. S me fail to do their duty in this matter. 
Why? In the end God will require an answer at 
your hands. 

Man, with his evil tendencies, is an easy prey 
to false teachers. The constantly itching ear for 
something more fascinating and novel is ever 
present. The soul receives no benefit from either. 
In that way Satan steals the affections, despoils 
the soul and robs it of its daily food. The wants 
of the soul are greater than all else. It must have 
something substantial to subsist upon. The hum- 
ble way of the lowly Nazareue is not found in 
novels. Bead only sound religious literature. 
Bead the Brethren's tracts. These contain soul 
food. Practice what you read! 

Our Brethren are just beginning to appreciate 
the benefit of tracts in missionary work, especial- 
ly in places remote from orgauiz?d churches. 
One brother writes for a package and says, " I 
want ' TRUTH,' — John the Baptist messengers, 
etc., to open the way and prepare the hearts of 
the peoplo to hear more of it by preaching." 
That is the way for members to do. Churches 
should make up money and purchase tracts, and 
circulate them in new neighborhoods and places. 
God'B Word is both life and spirit, and we can 
not have too much of it in our hearts. "Thy 
Word have I hid in my heart that I might not 
sin against thee," Ps. 110: 11. 

Are your sympathies and affections firmly set 
on the side of Jesus? Do you sing with the spir- 
it and the understanding also? 

" I love thy kingdom, Lord, 
The house of thine abode— 
The church our blest Redeemer saved 
Willi his own precious blood. 



To her my cares and toils be giv'n 
Till toils and cares shall end." 

If you do, you will be among those who give 
liberally aud cheerfully, as the Lord haB blessed 
them, to help advance the kingdom of Christ. The 
test of our love for Christ and for the church is, 
How much are we willing to do for him and his 
cause? How much of self are we willing to sacrifice 
for him? Love will bring true obedience to ev- 
ery command of Jesus, and the Btronger the love, 
the more willing are we to obey and to help by 
giving of our means to spread his glorious king- 
dom. 

WORK. 

1ST S. W. HOOVER. 



This is the harvest-time for souls. There nev- 
er was a better time to work, or a time when more 
work was needed than right now. Thousands can 
not go from home to hear preaching. These 
should be supplied with tracts. 

" The church can not reap much for God unless 
our energies are aroused and our piety and zeal 
aud faith be at high-water mark." Contend for 
the faith, and demonstrate it by works. There is 
plenty of machinery, but it must have power and 
life. 

The preachers can not do all the work them- 
selves. They can do their part of it, but no more. 
You must do yours. They can not go into every 
home, aud preach to every person that is in need 



ing after the Truth. If there are any such in 
your neighborhood or among your friends and ac- 
quaintances, send them tracts. Seizs upon the 
opportunity to do them good ! 

This winter may be your opportunity to save a 
soul from death aud hell. The person who works 
and goes straight for the souls of men,— instant in 
season and out of season to turn them to Christ,— 
is the one whom the world wants now. Tracts 
form the cheapest means by which to reach the 
people. ' Working members make a working 
church. The diligent shall prosper, but au " idle 
soul," Bays Solomon, "shall Buffer hunger." Work 
while it is day,— "the night ccmeth wherein no 
man can work." 

Daylon, Ohio. 

CHIPS FROM THE WORK-HOUSE. 

BY DANIEL VANIMAN. 

The Church Erection and Missionary Endow- 
ment Fund has now, in cash paid and in interest- 
bearing Endowment Notes, reached twelve thou- 
sand one hundred sixty dollars in the Southern 
District of Illinois, and the end is not yet. Near- 
ly all the brethren and Bisters whom the Lord has 
made stewards over one or more farms, have felt 
disposed to donate something for the Lord's work. 
The smallest note received is twenty, and the 
largest five hundred dollars. 

The Lord says, "I come quickly ; and my re- 
ward is with me, to give every man according as 
his work shall be." Eev. 22: 12, 

" The liberal soul Bhall bo made fat: and he 
that watereth shall be watered also himself." 
Prov. 11: 25. 

"He which soweth sparingly shall reap also 
sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall 
reap bIbo bountifully." 2 Cor. 9: 6. 

So far as visited, the brethren and sisters of 
Southern Illinois seem to believe these promises, 
the exceptions being found mostly among the 
wealthiest in the District, in whom the habit of 
ccumulating, especially for themselves and their 
children, has outgrown the habit of giviug for the 
Lord's work. 

Since the brethren who are directing the mis- 
sionary work of the State Districts are chosen by 
District Meeting, and the brethren who direct the 
General Church Erection and Missionary Work 
of the Brotherhood are elected by Annual Meet- 
iog, and all of them are required by the bodies 
electing them to Bend only suitable brethren on 
missionary work ( which means such as are sound 
in the faith and loyal, in every respect, to the 
Brotherhood), it becomes quite amusing to listen 
to the efforts made by those who have no mission- 
ary Bpirit in their hearts, to find some excuse that 
seems reasonable even to their own minds for re- 
fusing to give to a cause so noble and good, es- 
pecially when they remember how many children 
have come under their own observation who have 
been damaged by too much money. Surely, the 
Lord will be pleased with his stewards who put 
some of the means intrusted to their care where it 
will forever help to forward the Lord's work! 



" Don't set your hearts too much on capital ' I.' 
Look at it; it is the smallest, narrowest letter in 
the alphabet, and the love of it is sure to narrow 
aud contract the soul. It looks very like the fig- 
ure ' 1,' you see, and it means one and no more. 
But look beyond it, and try some other letter. 
Try ' TJ,' for instance. There are plenty of them 
all around you." 

Pride and obstinacy go together. Both pro- 
ceed from the same source and are great evils. 
Neither of the two have place in an humble heart. 
What we want is more real, not fancied, humility, 



of religion. At least some of them may be seek- 1 and much faith and prayer to bring it about. 

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THE GOSPEL MESSENGER. 



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Special Thanksgiving Offering. 



li.t of donalic 



III. 



, III . 



Jncob Brubakcr 
Dr. A. Puterba' 
Mary A 
A brother and sister. 
Ananias Laiuiis, Kan 
Mattle Frailly, Kans, 
Sarah Plough, Kans 
Aggie Plough, Kans 
John Gable and wife, 
A brother and sister, 
Daniel Phillips, Ind 
Darlin S. Hale, Ind.. 
Barbara Lint, Ind. . . 
Sugar Creek church, 
Susan Matchelt, Neb 
Alex. A. Ownly, la. 
Martin Garber, Va. . 
Samuel Neher, O .. 
David Nogley, Pa. . 
Mary Ilollinger, Pa. 
Anna .Showalter, Pa 



Catherine Boys, W. Va 

Hiram Ogg, Nebr 

Unknown, Mo 

A brother, Colo 

J. Carson Miller, Va 

Simon E. Yundt, III 

S. D. Shirk, Kans 

Mrs. C. D. Thompson, Nebr . 



. II,, 



, Ind 



Lydia Showalter, O. 
Mary Sheets, Va . . . 
Henry Anstine, Ind. 
Sarah Gibbs, O 



Samuel Horner, Kans 

Maple Grove church, O... 

Rebecca lless, Kans 

Elizabeth Smith, Nebr 

Josephine Couser, Nebr . . . 
Little Ressie Couser, Nebr 

D. G. Couser, Nebr 

Eli Strode, Kans 

J. P. Vaniman, Kans 

A. M. Zug, N. Y 

A brother, O 

Sisters' Mission, Pa 

Lydia Smith, Mich 

D. H. Wisman, Va 

Mary J. Carpenter, Cal. . . . 



Lou 



i Dav 



, O . 



Susan Baker, Ind.. 
J. D. Wilkison, 111. 
Lulie Replogle, la. 
J. E. Black, Kans.. 



Wm. lliner, Va 

Christian Musser, Pa 

Jacob Rife, Ind 

Elizabeth Ringer, Wash. Ter, 

Mary A. Boger, Ind 

J. Teeter, Nebr 

B. F. Moomaw, Va 



Asisler, Md 

Neri Swihart, Ind 

Elizabeth Stong, Ind 

Amos Ellabarger and wife, Ind 

Cornelius C. Wittmer, Ind 

Mary A. Hess, Ind 

John M. Gauby.Kans 

Wm. C. Wolf, Mo 

Stephen Puterbaugh and wife, and Is. 

aac Puterbaugh, la 

Calvin Rogers, W. Va 

Mary Yost, Ind . 



Ma 



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J. F. Britton and wife, Va. . 

Jeremiah B. Light, Pa 

Ludlow church, O 

Mary Trush, W. Va 

Lizzie Greene, Kans 

E. P. Trostle, 111 

McPherson church, Kans.. 
Lewis M.Koband wife, la. 

H. Fesler, Mo 

Lizzie Harader, Dak 

J. J. WrlgBt, Kans 



I). A. Chambers, brother and wile, 

Colo 

D. W. Staller, Kans 

Susan Miller, Ind 

J. II. K.ller, la 

Isaac and Alia C. Eikenberry, III 

Win. Young, O 

Amanda Zimmerman, Pa 

James Evans, Dak 

Ella E. Price, O 

Sarah J. Price, O 

Jane E Kline, O 

B. Bowsher, Ind 

N.S Dale, III 

A. Lukenhach, Nebr 

J. E. Royer, Mo 

George Bowser, III 

A. J. and Mary Nickey, 111 

J. L. and Maria Kuns,' III 

Jno. Blickenstaff, III 

A. L. and Barbara Bingaman, 111 

J. Blickenstaff, III 

Sarah Gissinger, III 

Solomon Hufford, 111 

R. W. and Rosa Hufford, III 

Samuel Franlz, 111 

D. M. Bott, III 

Susan Strope, III ■ 

Z. Arnold, III 3 40 

Rebecca Martin, I ml 

Anna Wolf, O 

Edward Boyd 

Grundy church, la 2 

Black River church, O 



Literary Notice. 

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of which is worth a year's subscription to the 
magazine. They are by Drs. Wharton and 
Talmage, and Revs. Arthur Ritchie and Pey- 
ton If. Hoge. The Frontispiece is a capital 
likeness of Dr. Wharton, and besides his ser- 
mon on Abigail, David's wife, there is a 
sketch of his life and a view of his church ed- 
ifice, Montgomery, Ala. The Bishop of Ri- 
pon, Revs. Meyer, Mackay and Deener fur- 
nish the Leading Thoughts of Sermons. Dr. 
C. S. Robinson's article on the Praise Serv- 
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Wolf's article on The Savior's Prayer; Dr. 
Munger's article on The Scientific Sludy of 
the Bible; and Rev. W. Adrlance's article 
The Child at the Family Altar, are each full 
of important, suggestive, timely thoughts 
worthy of very serious consideration. Dr 
Moment's Light on International S. S. Les 
sons is clear and pervasive. Rev. J. L. Hill 
gives excellent advice in the conducting of the 
Young People's Prayer meeting. Bishop 
Mow shows how Walking in Love will tend 
to Christian edification, and Rev. V. Lincoln 
gives strong reasons why Prohibition should 
be considered a National question. Foi 
Missions are discussed by Dr. Ellinwood, and 
Modern Discoveries Confirming the Bible by 
Rev. S. A. Kittredge. The Editorials on the 
Broad Range of the Gospel and on Gospel 
Duties show the wide latitude of Pulpit 
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MATRIMONIAL, 



ROYER— WEYBRIGHT. — At the 
dence of the bride's parents, near Double 
Pipe Creek, Md., by Eld. T. J. Kolb, Mr. 
John G. Royer and sister Annie M. Wey- 
bright, daughter of Bro. Samuel and sister 
Mary Weybright. T. J. Kolb. 

DILLER- KOLB.— At the residence of the 
bride's parents, at Double Pipe Creek, Md., 
Nov. 14, by Eld. D. R. Sayler, Mr. E. Dor- 
scy Diller and sister Rosa A. Kolb, daugh- 
ter of Eld. T. J. and sister Mary M. Kolb. 

LYON— SNAVELY.— At the residence of 
the bride's parents, Dec. 19, by the under- 
signed, Bro. William C. Lyon and sister 
Delia R.Snavely.bothof Hudson, McLean 
Co., 111. Thos. D. Lyon. 



CONN] i.i.-KEVsor.-Ai the residence 
of the bride's parents, near Brooklyn, Iowa, 
Dec !0, Mr. Lloyd D. Connell and Miss 
Rose G. Keysor. <1. W. Hoi-wood. 

BOW MAN KREPS— At the residence of 
the bride's parents, Dec. 20, by the under- 
signed, Bro. Grant Bowman, of Pomona, 
Cal., and sister Ella Kreps, of Lena, 111. 
P. R KM.THEK. 

PUG11 SENGER.— At the residence of the 
writer. Garrison, Iowa, Dec. 20, Mr. John 
E. Pugh, of Wales, and sister Llutle R. 
Senger, of Virginia. 



-> FALLEN + ASLEEP^ 



LOGSDON.— In Neutral Strip, Ind Ter., 
Oct. S», 18SS, of consumption, Mnrgnret A,, 
wile of Dennis Logsdon. Services by the 
writer. Marshall Exms, 

I1EPNKR.— In the church of Southern Cal- 
ifornia, Dec. 9, Clarence Ed ward, infant son 
of William II. and Minerva Hepner, aged i 
year, 4 months and 1 5 days. 

WEAVER — Dec. 21, Ann Elizabeth Wea- 
ver, aged 3S yearp, c months and 34 days. 
She leaves a husband, mother, four sisters 
and two brothers to mourn their I066. 

WOLF.— At her home, near La Hace, Piatt 
Co, III, Dec. 10, of diphtheria, sister 
Amanda Ellen Wolf, aged 16 years, 11 
months and : days. .Services by Eld. Da- 
vid Neff, from Luke 8: 52. 

MORRIS.— At the same place, Dec. 11, of 
pneumonia, Andrew C, son of Mr. and 
Mrs. Wm. Morris, aged 4 months and 18 
days. Services by Eld. David Neff. 

I. II. Arnold. 

KITTERMAN.— In the La Forge congrega- 
tion, Oct. 13, of membraneous croup, infant 
son of Bro. David and sister Maria Kitter- 
man, aged S months and 18 days. 

1IUNSAKER.— In the same congregation, 
Dec. ii, infant daughter of Bro. A.J. and 
sister Ellen llunsakcr, aged 27 days. Fu- 
neral services from Luke 18: 16. 

PRICE.— In the Sugar Ridge church, Ohio, 
Sept. 5, Music, daughter of friend Joseph 
and sister Jane Price, aged 14 years, 5 
months and 1 day. She was taken in the 
bloom of youth, and loved by all who knew 
her. Services by Eld. Rosenberger, from 
Jer. 15:9, Peter C. Kline. 

CUMMINGS.— In the Blue River church, 
Whitley Co., Ind , Dec. 14, sister Mary E. 
Cummings, aged 20 years, 1 month and 30 

Deceased was a devoted member of the 
church. She leaves a mother to mourn for 
her. Her brother and sister preceded her. 
Services by Eld. J. Gump. 

C. K. Zumiirun. 

GLOSSEN— Dec. 19, Bro. Alery Glossen. 
lie patiently bore his sufferings until his 
appointed time, when he quietly passed 
away, leaving a wife and one 6on to mourn 
their loss. Levi Baker. 

MITCHELL— At Red Oak, Iowa, Dec 14, 
George, son of George and Anna Mitchell, 
aged 6 months and 27 days. Services by 
Bro. Isaac Barto. G. W. Mitchell. 

CRAFT— At her home in Norristown, Pa., 
Dec. 14, 1S88, Mrs. Lisebeth N. Craft, wife 
of Mr. Jacob Craft, aged 68 years. She 
was born in May, iSzo. She leaves an aged 
husband to mourn his loss. Services by 
the writer. E. A. Orr. 

STIGLEM AN— At his residence nearGrand 
Pass, Saline Co., Mo., Dec. 13, of pneumo- 
nia fever, Bro. George W. Stigleman, aged 
4 J years, 11 months and 7 days. 

He was a faithful and consistent member 

of the Brethren church and died in full hope 

of A glorious immortality beyond the grave. 
Henry A. Weddle. 

RAI FENNBARGER— In the Rock River 
church, Lee Co., Ill , Sarah, wife of Bro. 
Levi Raffensbarger, aged 71 years, 2 months 
and 23 days. Levi Trostle. 



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As the year '89 has opened to us, it will be well 
to take a retrospective view and try to determine 
as to what we have been doing that can be credit- 
ed to our account in the book of final settlement 
with our Lord. It is a great disappointment to 
be unable to meet our financial obligations, but to 
die insolvent with the Lord, will be unspeakably 
worse. Let us so live and labor that we may re- 
ceive a clear title to the mansions in the skies. 

After our prayer-meeting on the evening of 
Thanksgiving, a motion was made to take up a 
collection to assist the Brethren of Beatrice, Ne- 
braska, in building their church house, and we are 
glad to say there was a very liberal response. If 
fifty churches would do as well, the whole amount 
would be secured and some left for furnishing. 
And there are hundreds of churches that could do 
twice as well without makiDgany greater sacrifice. 
Will you? 

" It is not so much what we do for another as 
what we enable him to do for himself that is of 
value to him. Instead of giving money to the 
poor, if we put them in the way of earning it; in- 
stead of cramming the pupil with information, if 
we induce him to seek it himself; instead of legis- 
lating upon the amusements and habits of the peo- 
ple, if we lead them to control them for them- 
selves according to their needs; instead of assist- 
ing that they Bhoulcl follow oar path, if we aid 
them to carve out a path for themselves, we shall 
have done them incalculably more service." 



Though the Normal College at this place has 
been very quiet, it is still alive, healthy and grow- 
ing. The Fall Term was eomewhat larger than 
the corresponding term last year, and a better 
claes of students we never had. The Winter 
Term opens with quite an encouraging increase, 
and the prospects for the coming Spring Term 
are unusually good. We are trying, more than 
ever, to carry out the original design of the school, 
making it a place where our members and mem- 
bers' children can receive a thorough education, 
while surrounded by influences that are pleasant, 
safe and Christian. 



"It is a private life that governs the world. 
The world talks much of powerful sovereigns and 
great ministers, and if being talked about made 
one powerful, they would be irresistible; but the 
fact is, the more you ar< 1 talked about, the less 
powerful you are." 



"Because the value of self-restraint is so mani- 
fest in many directions, tbe mistake its often made 
of supposing it to be equally valuable in all. 
Thus it happens that enthusiasm is checked that 
ought to be welcomed, feelings are kept back that 
should be expressed, desires are subdued that 
need to be gratified, and sympathies quenched 
that might have blessed the community." 



IS IT RIGHT? 



This is one of the questions that is frequently 
asked, and it conies in Buck various forme that it 
requires as many answers as there are forms and 
variations in human conduct. 

One of our readers comes with the following: 
"Is it right for our ministers and members of our 
church to go to worldly amusements, such as po- 
litical parades and gatherings where there is 
dancing and drunkenness, etc.?" 

The querist follows with a number of remarks 
relative to the question, which we omit for want 
of room. This question, with many similar ones, 
has been passed upon by our Annual Confer- 
ence, and the decision is, that it is wrong for 
members to frequent any such gatherings. That 
our ministers should take part in such things, goes 
to the point in illustrating the position that we 
have frequently taken and tried to set forth in our 
editorials. The position is, that we have no ortho- 
dox system of Bible teaching for our ministers. 
Many of them are called from the, farm, the shop 
and the office, without any preparation whatever 
for the work, with a limited education and a very 
small store of Biblical knowledge. Feeling the 
responsibility of the calling and desiring to be 
faithful to the trust laid upon them, they at oDce 
go to reading the Bible, supplying themselves 
with suck helps as they can afford to get, perhaps 
a Bible Dictionary and a Commentary, sectarian, 
of course, as all such works are spiced after the 
author's peculiar creed— and from these he gath- 
ers largely his stock of ministerial theology. 
With such a system of training, in connection 
with his family training, he goes out as a repre- 
sentative minister of the Brethren church. Is it 
any wonder that we have some some irregularities 
among our ministers and that some of their prac- 
tices and teachings are not orthodox? 

The disciples had a three years' course under 
the best teacher that the world ever had,— the 
Christ himself. After they got it all, by both pre- 
cept and example, it wag then supplemented by 
the Holy Spirit. Thus they went out, folly 
equipped with the principle as well as the letter, 
so that with them there could be no question 
about taking part in such worldly amusements, as 



tit once lower and degrade the high standard of 
moral and Christian practices. 

Ministers of ordiuary religious training ought 
to be ashamed to be found mixed in with worldly 
rabbles, seeking after worldly enjoyments. Their 
moral sense of right ought to decide the impro- 
priety of such conduct, and we pity the ohuTok 
that is led by buoIi teaching. Of all men, minis- 
ters ought to be the most exemplary in their con- 
duct, as they are, by virtue of their position, 
teachers every-where and all the time. They are 
to teach and lead. This is done not only in the 
pulpit, but in the every-day life. The devil con- 
centrates his power in the ministry. If he can get 
the minister into bis rabbles, he will soon have 
the Hock there. If a question of right and wrong 
comes up before the private member, how soon lie 
is told, "Why, your minister was there, or the 
minister did thus and so." Jt is a mighty argu- 
ment and generally carries conviction with it, as 
a minister is supposed to know — yes, ho should 
know. And wherever he is seen, it ought to be a 
safe place for his members. No, ministers should 
iiol go to such places, and their teaching and prac- 
tice ought to keep their members away too. 



THE VALUE OF PRAYER. 

Do you ask what is prayer? It is the voico of 
the needy calling to Him who alone can relieve 
them. It is the cry of the sinful to Him who 
alone can pardon them. It is not eloquence, but 
earnestness. It is not fine words nor flowing pe- 
riods, but it is a deep sense of guilt, urging mb to 
approach the Savior to seek pardon, help and sal- 
vation with strong crying; it may be with tears 
and groan inge which can not be uttered. 

Did you ever hear a man that was starving beg 
for bread? That was prayer. Did you ever wit- 
ness the agonizing cry of the condemned criminal 
for mercy? That was prayer. Did you ever hear 
or even behold the shipwrecked mariner looking 
wistfully to those on shore for rescue? That was 
prayer. 

The publican prayed when he cried, " God be 
merciful to me a sinner." Peter prayed when he 
said, "Lord, save, or I perish." Blind Bartimeus 
prayed when he exclaimed, "Jesus, thou sou of 
David, have mercy on me!" Stephen prayed 
when he cried, "Lord Jesus, receive my spirit." 
Yet in all these instances the words of the peti- 
tion were plain and simple; they could not indeed 
be more so; but in each it was real prayer, be- 
cause it came from the heart, and therefore was 
heard and graciously answered by Him to whom 
it was addressed, for the publican went down to 
his house justified. Peter was upheld from sink- 
ing by the sustaining arm of Jesus. Blind Bar- 
timeus was restored to sight. Stephen fell 
asleep in a calm and forgiving spirit. 

May all who read this resolve to begin the day 
with prayer, for it is the golden key that unlocks 
heaven, to pour down blessings upon us.— Set. 



THE GOSPEL. MESSENGER. 



Jan. 15, 1889. 



-^■EBSAYS^- 



WHATEVER IS. IS BEST. 



I know as my life grc 
Ami mine eyes hav 

Tlmi under each rank 



. I, 

irong i 



I'h 



lint 



he root of right | 

"»lng o" ungucsst 
I the Bun brings iik 
Whatever Is— Is best. 



I know that each sinful action, 

As si nlghl brings shade, 

[a somewhere, sometime punished, 

Though the hour be long delayed. 
I tnoiv that the soul Is aided 

SometlmcB by the heart's unrest, 
And to grow means often to suffer, 

But whatever is— Is right. 
I know there Is no error 

In thegreal supernal plan, 

And all things work together 

For the linal good of man. 
And I know when my soul speeds onward, 

In its grand eternal quest, 
I shall cry, as I look back earthward, 
" Whatever is Ij best." 

Sr/eelal by A. J.Smilli, 

SWEARING, AFFIRMING. 

BY NOAH LONOANECKEIi. 

WB are requested to malte some remarks on the 
above subjects, and show the difference between 
them, it thnro is any difference. 

I. Swearing is "a solemndeclaration or affirma- 
tion with an appeal to God for the truth of what is 
affirmed." An oath is "a careless or blasphemous 
itso of the name of the Divine Beiug."— Webster. 
To appeal to God for the truth of what is affirm- 
ed is vain. If an affirmation is true, such an ap- 
peal can not add to its strength. If not true, it is 
simply blasphemous to make such an appeal. In 
either case it is taking the name of God in vain. 
The Moral Decalogue forbids Bwearing. "Thou 
shalt not take the name of the Lord, thy God 
in vain." Ex. 20: 7. 

This divine precept forbids all oaths, or swear- 
ing, when God's name is used, or he is appealed 
to as a witness of the truth. The moral law can 
never change. It is true, God, under the Mosaic 
Ritual, allowed oatliB when the matter to be af- 
firmed was true. But did not God allow other 
things under the Mosaic Ritual that were not so 
from the beginning? Why? Ou account of the 
hardness of the hoarts of the children of Israel. 
It was never morally right for a man to put away 
his wife. To take the name of God in vain never 
was approved by the Law. But we are not living 
under the Mosaic Ritual. " We are not under the 
law, but under grace." Rom. G: 11. If it bad 
been allowed under the Moral Code for God's 
people to swear, Jesus would not have spoken as 
he did in Matt. 5: 33-37, "I say unto you, Swear 
not at all: neither by heaven; for it is God's 
throne: nor by the earth; for it is his footstool: 
neither by Jerusalem; for it is the city of the 
great' King. Neither Bhalt thou swear by thy 
head, because thou canst not make one hair white 
or black. But let your communication be yea, 
yea; nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these 
cometh of evil." 

What makes Christ's language the more forci- 
ble is, after declaring that the Mosaic Ritual 
said, Thou shalt not forswear thyself, but shalt 
perform unto the Lord thine oaths," he then de- 
clares, " But I say unto you, Swear not at all." 
Could Christ's language have been plainer? 



'J he Mosaic Ritual forbade perjury, or false 
swearing, but allowed true oaths. But Christ 
snyB, "Swear not at all." 

After James had given commands relative to 
various things, he adds, "But above all things my 
brethren, swear not: neither by heaven, neither 
by the earth, neither by any other oath; but let 
your yea be yea: and your nay, nay: lest ye fall 
into condemnation." James 5: 12. Does not the 
language, " Neither by any other oath," in the 
connection in which it stands, prohibit all oaths? 
It certainly does. There can be nothing plainer. 
From a moral stand-point it never was, and is not 
noir, right for God's people to take his name in 
vain, or, which is the same, to swear. 

" But," says the defender of swearing, " the 
Lord swore by himself and confirmed his promise 
unto Abraham with an oath, therefore God's peo- 
ple may swear." As well might we argue that, 
because the Lord destroyed all the wicked with a 
flood, therefore his people may drown all the 
wicked! The argument is founded on the prem- 
ises, that whatsoever is right for God to do, is al- 
so right for man to do. The premises are not 
true, and therefore the argument is futile. 

AFFIRMING. 

An affirmation is " a solemn declaration made 
under the penalties of perjury, by persons who 
conscientiously decline taking an oath."— Webster. 
This shows that in affirming there is no appeal to 
God for the truth of that which is declared. We 
lerely declare solemnly, upon our own veracity, 
that we will tell the truth, and nothing but the 
truth. After Christ had so strongly denounc- 
ed swearing, he added, " But let your commuui- 
atiou be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay." So James says, 
Let your yea, be yea; and your nay, nay." 
Such language teaches us that we should simply 
declare the truth, without appealing to God for 
the truth of what we declare. Some, yea many of 
the learned, tell us that there is no difference be- 
tween an oath and affirmation. Webster 6ay B , 
an affirmation is made by those who conscientious- 
ly refuse to take an oath. He thus declares that 
there is a difference. He plainly shows in his 
definition of the terms oath and affirmation, that 
there is a marked difference of vital importance. 
So do also Christ and James. The civil court rec- 
i the same difference. Experience has 
taught many that in common conversation we 
more readily believe those who merely declare a 
fact, than those who declare a fact, and then pre- 
tend to confirm it by an oath. 

Experience has taught many, that those who 
give testimony before a civil court under oath, 
that is, those who swear, are not so readily be- 
lieved as those who give testimony under affirma- 
tion,— not that all those who use profane oaths 
in conversation, nor that all those who give testi- 
mony under oath, can not be believed, for in 
either case there are those who have no wicked 
intent in so doing, but merely do so through the 
vain custom that they have been led to follow 
through the influence of others. It is not edify- 
ing for a theologian in his writings, or a minister 
in his preaching to use the wordB, "My God," or 
"My Lord," as ejaculations or exclamations; but 
suoh a profane and vain custom may be formed 
through ignorance. Some good-meaning Chris- 
tian professors, through habit, have ignorantly 
used profanity, byuBingsome words— I will not 
pen them here-that are but substitutes for the 
word God, by UBing them bb exclamations. 

Whether in common, profane oaths, or in the 
so-called civil oatliB, we believe that when honest 
people once learn that the Bible condemns them, 
they will forsake the vain custom. Thousands 
have done so. They rejoice that it is their privi- 
lege to affirm in giving testimony before civil 



courts. They ever aim to let their yea, be yea, 
and their nay, nay. 

A false oath is as readily seen by the court, as 
a false affirmation. But, say some, it is not as 
easily proven to be false, for God is called in 
question, and he is considered to be true. This 
accounts for it, why we seldom see men of doubt- 
ful character affirm. The Gospel is against an 
oath, but recommends an affirmation. An affirma- 
tion satisfies the law. It satisfies all parties. It 
is not so with an oath. Why, then, not all affirm, 
and thus pursue that course which none can ques- 
tion ? 



THE UNPARDONABLE SIN. 

BY D. E. PRICE. 

" For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, 
and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers 
of the Holy Ghost, and have tasted the good word of God, 
and the powers of the world to come, if they shall fall away, 
to renew them again unto repentance: seeing they crucify to 
themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open 
shame."_Heb. 6:4, j, 6. 

By request, I will endeavor to give my views on 
the above subject, not for the sake of controversy, 
but for the satisfaction of some who are in doubt 
as to the meaning of the apostle Paul's language. 
We believe there are two ways by which we 
may commit the unpardonable sin. 

1. By accusing the Lord Jesus Christ, as the 
Scribes and Pharisees did, for casting out devils 
by Beelzebub the prince of devils. See Matt. 
12: 24; also Mark 2: 22. Jesus after reasoning 
with them on the subject, addressed them in the 
following language: "Therefore I say unto you, 
all manner of sins and blasphemy shall be for- 
given unto men: but the blasphemy against the 
Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men. And 
whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of 
man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever 
Bpeaketh against the Holy GhoBt, it shall not be 
forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in 
the world to come." Matt. 12: 31, 32. Mark 3: 
2S-30. We presume the apostle Paul also has 
reference to this class of persons in 2 Thess. 2: 
10-12, where he says, " Because they receive not 
a love for the truth, that they might be saved, 
God shall send them strong delusions, that they 
may believe a lie: that they all might be damned, 
who believe not the truth, but had pleasure in un- 
righteousness." The above Scripture undoubted- 
ly also has reference to professors of religion, 
who reject part of the Truth, consider it unworthy 
of their attention, and live in disobedience to its 



2. The second class are those directly referred 
to in the text, "who were once enlightened, and 
have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made 
partakers of the Holy GhoBt, and the powers of 
the world to come," but have fallen away; that is, 
willfully renounced all claims to Christianity,' 
and reproached and dishonored the worthy name 
by which they were called. They thereby crucify 
to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him 
to an open shame." We think the apostle Paul 
is more explicit upon the subject in Heb. 10: 26- 
29, " For if we sin willfully, after that we have 
received the knowledge of the truth, there remain- 
eth no more sacrifice for sins, but a certain fear- 
ful looking for of judgment and fiery indigna- 
tion, which shall devour the adversaries. He 
that despised Moses' law died without mercy 
under two or three witnesses: of how much sorer 
punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought 
worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of 
God, and counted the blood of the cevenant, where- 
with he was sanctified an nnholy thing, and has 
done despite unto the spirit of grace." 

It is possible to fall away, and even be guilty 
of gross sin, and yet not be guilty of the unpar- 



THR GOSPEL MESSENGER. 



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donable siD, if it is not willfully and prerneditat- 
edly committed. For instance, Paul iu 1 Cor. 5, 
enumerates quite a catalogue of crimes; fornica- 
tion, covetousness, idolatry, drunkenness, railing 
and extortion, for which crimes the church is to 
withdraw fellowship or, "deliver them over to Sa- 
tan for the destruction of the fiesh, that the spirit 
may be saved in the day of the Lord JesuB." It is 
evident from the above that the withdrawing, or 
putting away, is only disciplinary; in view of 
renewing again unto repentance. In second Cor- 
inthians he says, they shall "forgive such lest 
they be Bwallowed up with over much sorrow." 

In 1 John 5: 16, 17, we read, " If any man see his 
brother sin a sin, which is not unto death, he 
shall ask, and he shall give him life for them that 
sin not unto death. There is a sin unto death: 
I do not say that he snail pray for it. All un- 
righteousness is sin: and there is a sin unto death." 

We have come to the conclusion, from what we 
can gather from the Holy Scriptures on the sub- 
ject, that the reason why they can not be renewed 
unto repentance, is, that they have no more de- 
sire for righteousness and holiness, but are given 
over to hardness of heart, and reprobacy of mind. 

Hence, as long as there is remorse of conscience 
for doing wrong, and a disposition to do right, 
and correct our errors, there is no danger of hav- 
ing committed the unpardonable sin; though Satan 
may tempt us in that way, in order to induce us 
to renounce our holy religion. Even if we have 
fallen away, we should not openly and deliberate- 
ly renounce our faith in Christ, but humbly con- 
fess our sins to Clod and to the church, and under- 
go the discipline of the church according to the 
Gospel. Then we may be renewed again unto 
repentance; but it requires a very submissive 
spirit to humble ourselves sufficiently to obtain 
pardon under such circumstances. 



THF SEVEN PARABLES OF MATTHEW 13. 

BY JAMES EVANS. 

Number 4. 

We have seen that the sower is Jesus, and those 
also, who teach all things which he commanded 
to be taught. The Son of Man, as the sower, 
represents the means by which the Truth is made 
known to the world. Angels are not its heralds. 
The commission was given to men in the ilesh, 
and men in the ilesh must make it known. 

We have pointed out how the enemy sowed 
tares in the field, and we learn that both will grow 
together until the harvest. The good seed was 
not to root out the tares. The angels came and 
gathered the tares and burned them as utterly 



The corruption of the Truth may be compared 
to a grain of mustard seed,— to leaven leavening 
the whole lump. The great tree in whose branch- 
es the birds of the air lodged, represents the ex- 
altation of the outward church to power. This 
exaltation of the church obscured the simplicity 
of the Gospel. The offense of the cross ceased. 
Pride, ambition and intolerance reigned supreme. 
The treasures of divine Truth lay buried deep in 
the field of the scholastic theology of the Middle 
Ages. The Bible was almost unknown, being 
written in a language that the people could not 
understand, and so few knew where to find it. 

But at length light dawned on this intense 
darkness. The art of imnting was discovered, 
and Luther gave to his countrymen the Bible in 
their own tongue. The treasure hid in the earth 
was now dug up in Germany, England, and wher- 
ever the Bible was translated. But this discovery 
did not unlock the treasures of wisdom contained 
in the Book. The theology of Luther, Calvin, 
and the early reformers was still burdened with 



the traditions of ages. They failed to see what 
Jesus commanded. They believed in a reformed 
State religion, in which infant baptism was indis- 
pensable. Their views of God were narrow, stern 
and unloving. They could see only the salvation 
of the elect few, the remainder of maukiud was 
creatod for the display of divine wrath aud 
vengeance. God hated man, and left all to perish 
except the few elect, for whom Jesus died. 

But the Bible can not long remain tin open 
book, without unfolding its blessed truths to those 
whose hatred has been conquered by the love of 
Christ. 

Thus we have the parable of the man seeking 
goodly pearls. The emancipation of the mind 
from the fetters of Koine, has created a sea of 
opinions under which the pearls of truth lie hid- 
den. How often do we hear it said, " How can 
we find truth amid the confiicting opinions of 
men?" We read the Bible, but we see its truths 
colored by the traditional glasses that others have 
placed on our eyes. We are not always aware of 
their existence. Those who claim that they find 
truth without any trouble or painful search, are 
not its possessors. We are on a sea of human au- 
thorities, conflicting opinions and traditional 
customs. We must dive beneath these and find 
the pearls. When we find them, how rich we 
feel! We are entranced with their beauty. Bat 
we must not rest satisfied with pearls that others 
have brought up for us; there are pearls yet to 
be gained, and we must seek them. True, we may 
be deceived by appearance. The early colonists 
supposed that a shining yellow earth was gold, 
but it proved worthless. Many have gathered 
false pearls, and rejoiced in their possession, but 
they were as worthless as the yellow earth gathered 
by the colonists. We have ourself gathered sup- 
posed pearls, but only cast them away. The 
latest pearls we have gathered, have enlarged our 
conceptions of God, widened our horizon of hu- 
man destiny, and lit up the future with its bright- 
est rays. 

All who love truth are now seeking pearls, and 
are rewarded for their pains. Such go on to per- 
fection, and grow in graje and knowledge. We 
love a pearl seeker. We love to talk with such. 
They are like the householder who brings out of 
his treasures things (pearls) new and old. 

The last parable brings us to the close of tb 
dispensation. The net has been cast into the sea 
of nations. It is drawn ashore. The bad are 
cast oat and the good preserved. As professors 
of the faith of Jesus, we are in the net, but being 
in the net does not of itself make us good. The 
tares are in the field, the bad fish are in the net, 
and the next act in the great drama is to draw it 



Are we nearing the time of the end? We think 
we are very near it. We say the time of the end, 
not the end of the earth, bat of the Gospel age. 
We hopeBro, Neff, in his lessons on New Testament 
Greek, will explain to us the meaning of aioon, 
wrongly translated "world." Aioon means an 
age, a period of time, limited or endless, as the 
case may be. There is an age to come, in which 
the saints shall judge the world, and reign with 
Christ. That age is rapidly approaching, and 
will confound the purposes of men. All king- 
doms, empires and republics must go down. Our 
idea of a government by the people, though so 
dear to us, must sink in the common ruin. Bat 
no human despotism shall succeed our mild form 
of government. We will willingly hand over to 
Jesus, and those risen with him, the control of our 
affairs. The kingdom that will be universal, will 
be the kingdom of God. In it the righteous will 
shine as the sun. The new Jerusalem will be the 
light of all nations. This kingdom will fill the 
earth. Wars will be unknown, and peace bless 



all mankiud. Every pearl that we bring up from 
the troubled waters, is luminous with the light of 
God's kingdom. Wo are taught to look to Jesus, 
to trust him, to wait for him, and to love his ap- 
pearing. If the truth has to grow side by side 
with tares, if the bad fish are in the same net as 
the good, we can bs patient, kuowing that soon 
the tares will be gathered out and the bad cast 
away. 

Pearl-seekers are like the wiso virgius who fill 
their vessels with oil. They leave tho things 
behind and presB on to that which is before. The 
crowning day is near. 

CHIPS FROM THE WORK-HOUSE. 

BV DANIEL VANIMAN. 

In the Lord's work-house are many recent con- 
verts. Having lately entered tho new life, they 
need care, encouragement, and help. Remember, 
you are now God's rhildreu, born into a royal 
family. You are children of a great king; seek, 
therefore, not your own will but his will. " You 
are not your own ; you are bought with a price." 
Let this be your chief rule of life, " Whether ye 
eat or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the 
glory of God." If you have this well settled at 
the start, you will avoid many difficulties farther 
on. 

Remeuibpr, that following Jgbus is not a matter 
of feeling but of duty. Do n't neglect to road the 
Bible! Go to church, to Sunday-school and 
prayer-meeting. Give something for the Lord's 
work, even though you do not feel like it. Rather 
say, "I will do my duty, feeling or no feeling." 
Right doing develops right feoling. 

Do not allow yourselves to become periodical 
Christians. The branch abides in the vino. The 
closer you keep to Christ, the more you will be- 
come like him. When Peter once came to follow- 
ing Christ afar off, it was not long until he lied, 
and cursed, and swore he did not know him. 

Have you ever fallen into the filthy, costly, 
worldly habit of chewing or smoking tobacco, or 
of aping the world iu her changeable, frivolous 
fashions which neither lay up treasures in heaven 
nor advance your interests on earth? At once 
and forever part company with them. Abhor that 
which is evil, cleave to that which is good. Rom. 
12: n. 

Let your dress be plain, neat, tidy, comfortable,, 
convenient, and an healthful as possible. Avoid 
slovenly, careless or untidy habits. The children, 
of a Great King should remember that careless, 
slovenly or untidy habits bring disgrace upon the 
family to which we belong, as well as vain display 
or outward adornment. Ever strive for that in- 
ward adornment— the hidden man of the heart. 
Remember that a meek and quiet spirit is in the* 
sight of God of great price. 1 Pet. 3: 4. 

Become interested and helpful, as much as pos- 
sible, in everything that advances the truth. 
"Whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things 
are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever 
things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, 
whatsoever things are of good report; if there be 
any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on. 
these thinga." Philpp. 4: 8. 

"The world's history is a divine poem of which 
the history of every nation is a canto, and every 
man is a word. Its strains have been pealing 
along down the centuries, and though there have 
been heard the discords of warring cannon and 
dying men, yet to the Christian philosopher and 
historian, the humble listener, there has been a 
divine melody running through the song which 
speaks of hopes and halcyon days to come." 



THB GOSPEL MBSSMGBR. 



Jan. 15, 1889. 



POISON. 



The term " poison " is very common, and in its 
ordinary, or natural 086, it ie well understood. 
It cornea from the Latin, potto, which means, a 
drink, draught, etc., hence it is a substance that 
is capable of being introduced into the animal or- 
ganism, the term being applied to such substan- 
ces as have the power, when introduced, to im- 
pede, check, and even reverse, the action of the 
various organs, and to impair, or totally destroy 
their functions. Poison may exist, in the form of 
solids, liquids, or gases, hence may be taken by 
eating, drinking, inhalation or absorption. 

The object of this essay is to present the idea 
of the more dreadful, pernicious, and destructive, 
SPIRITUAL POISON, which exists not only in 
ihree forms, but may exist in thousands of forms, 
unseen, unknown, and in disguise. But the most 
fruitful source of the groatest variety of poisons, 
is by the way of the tongue. Paul speaks about 
the Jews: "Their throat is an open sepulchre; 
with their tongues they have used deceit; the 
poison of nsps iB under their lips; their month is 
full of cursing and bitterness." Rom. 3: 13, 14. 
"The tongue is an uurnly evil, full of deadly 
poison. Out of the samo mouth proceedeth bless- 
ing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought 
not so to be." Jam. :i: S, 11). 

According to observation, the touguo imparts 
more poison than auy other nieanB in Satan's em- 
ploy, and it is not only the tongue of the rabid 
evil-doer, but to an alarming extent it is the 
tongue of the would-be professor of Christianity, 
which makes a penetrating, and deadly thrust, 
and deposits its venom ay much deeper as he is 
permitted to approach nearer. 

Nothing is more deceptive, startling mid fiight- 
Eul thau "a snake in the grass." Now what I 
waut to bring before our miuds is this: Any of us 
can do more or less of the above mischief before 
we are aware of it, in many different ways. We 
cau say something agaiubt some of our brethren 
or sisters in their absence, that we would by no 
mentis say in their presence. TIhb will impart 
our feelings to eome one else, and poieon their 
minds, just like our own. 

When Paul and Barnabas preached in Iconium, 
60 that a great number of both Jews ami Greeks 
believed, the unbelieving Jews stirred up the Gen. 
tiles, and made their minds evil affected Pgainst 
the brethren. See Acts 14: 1, 2. We can do the 
same thing at present, and that before we are 
aware of it. I have known of instances where 
persons were favorably impressed with ministers 
Riid their labors, and afterwards their miuds were 
poisoned by the tattling of enemieB, while the facts 
were, that the miuisters themselves were honest, 
sincere, and faithful workers in the church, and 
had no design of any harm, and were not guilty. 

I ask this question: What is the cause of whole 
families— parents and children — small children, 
not more than four or five years old,- all speak- 
ing disrr3p9etlnUy of certain miuisters, deacons, or 
even private members? Whnt do the little chil- 
dren know about members' faults? Probably no 
other family in that neighborhood is affected like 
that family, and all of them have as good facili- 
ties to know facts bb the former. It is, therefore, 
clear that they are poisoned. The parents are gen- 
erally poiBoned first, and i£ the poison is kept in 
the house, of course all the children will be in- 
fected. 

Again, parents can make the minds of their 
children evil-affected agaiust the church, by re- 
belling against its decisions, saying that the 
church has no right to make and enforce such de- 
cisions upon its members. The children hear it, 



other members hesr it. All become poisoned, 
made to hiok at the church with suspicion, 
and it will take almost a life-time to remove that 
prejudice, and may be the very cauBe of those 
children remaining out of the church, and being 
lost. 

In the same manner we can poison the minds 
of members against our General Conference (An- 
al Meeting), by speaking disrespectfully of its 
irk This is very unfortunate to all such mem- 
rs as it makes them coldly disposed, selfish, in- 
dependent. Asa result, they are held by a very 
slender thread, become out of order, and complain 
at almost everything, — nothing is right. 

EVIL ItESUI.TH OF BEINO POISONED. 

When one is infected with naturnl poison, he 
immediately loses his appetite, his taste is im- 
paired, the functions of his organiBm are more or 
less destroyed, his mind is disqualified to select 
food, hence it will do more harm to eat than not. 
But the first thing needful is, to take the prop- 
er aniidoie, remove the virus, restore a healthy 
tone. TheD, by a careful diet, strength can be 
added until the best state of health is regained. 
In the spiritual sense, when one is poisoned, 
the same conditions are present, as stated above. 
He has no relish for preaching, reading the 
Scriptures, or any other of the divine services; 
therefore, as some oE those poisoned ones have 
said, when told to attend meetings: "I would 
come lo meeting, but it ju6t seems that I can't 
enjoy myself there," and "I don't feel at home 
there," etc The whole trouble is with them- 
selves, and, because they are poisoned, they are 
incapible to know it, and if you undertake to 
show them Die trouble, their morbid and weak- 
ened eondit'ou is such that they cannot endure 
it, become aggravated, Mid go into fits or spasm 
Then nothing is too bud for them to say about the 
church, the p:eaehers, deacons or private mem 
bers. They will then require the most careful 
nursing or they will die, and the only way to re- 
cover Ihem is to give them some proper aniidoie 
which tuuBt be administered with the greatest 
skill and wisdom. If not so administered, they 
will think your offered antidote iapoison, and that 
effort being lost, makes the case the more hope- 
less. 

Now we will take the position, that it is wrong 
to be poisoned, and that it is wrong to poison 
others. 

1. It is wrong to be poisoned by any of the 
various forms in which poison exists, because the 
Gospel thoroughly furnishes every one with the 
fficacious preventive that will shut off' the evil 
Sect of the deadly elements; therefore if anyone 
becomes poisoned, it is through his own neglect 
to keep himself unspotted from ike world, which 
is one factor of " pur a and undefiled religion." In 
plain words: he has ceased reading the Scriptures; 
he has neglected his prayers. He has become en- 
tangled with the things of the world, and in them 
there is no grace. He has ceased to meet with 
his brethren in worship, has stayed away from 
the communion, and was deprived of its life-giv- 
ing efficacy. "Except a man eat my flesh, and 
drink my blood, he has no life in him," says Jesus, 
and " for the Bame cause many are weakly and 
sickly among you," says Paul to the Corinthians, 
"and many sleep." 

We offer the following as a positive antidote — 
it never fails: 

1 " Therefore, my beloved brethren, let every 
man be swift to hear, for the wrath of man worketh 
not the righteousness of God." Jam. 1: 19, 20. 

2. "Submit yourselves therefore to God. Re- 
sist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw 
nigh to God, and he will draw nigh unto you." 
Jam. 4; 7, 8. 



3. " Humble yourself in the Bight of the Lord, 
and he shall lift you up." Jam. 4: 10. 

4. " Wherefore, laying aside all malice, and all 
guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil 
speakings, as newborn babes, desire (ye) the sin- 
cere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby." 
1 Peter 2: 1, 2. 

If these instructions are heeded, I hositate not 
to say, that the most hopeless case may speedily be 
cured, for if a man is swift to hear instruction in 
good things, it will very soon make him a much 
better man, and at the same time, if he can so 
govern himself, so that he will not speak before 
he thinks well what he speaks, and will keep his 
tongue thus bridled, and his wrath curbed, he 
will escape thousands of snares. 

Again, if you resist the devil, and draw 
nigh unto God, two advantages meet at one point; 
viz, THE DEVIL WILL FLEE FROM YOU 
and GOD WILL DRAW NIGH TO YOU. 
Oh! what an opportunity to escape! 

Some one asks: "How shall I do this?" An- 
swer, — Quit serving the devil, and serve God, that 
is, do the things that God has given us through 
Christ, keep his commandments, read the Script- 
ures, "pray without ceasing," Be present at all 
the places where religions services of the church 
are conducted, and take part in the exercises, for 
every member has equal right to all these means 
of grace. Let nothing butsickness or death keep 
you from those places. 

Again, if a man will lay aside all malice, and 
all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil 
speakirigs, what will he do? He must and will 
do something. It is the nature of man to do 
something, and if he lays aside all the above evils, 
he will be panic-stricken. There remains only 
one thing that he can do, and that is to "desire 
the sincere milk of the Word that he may grow 
thereby," for now he feels the need of it, and be- 
cause he feels the need of it, he eDjoys it. Then 
come and be ye healed! 

Hagersioion, Ind. 



OUR DIALOGUE. 



BY WM. M. LYONi 



Number Three. 
Friend. — Your last question, " Where, 0, where 
ts the cros3?" has caused me no little study, and 
indeed, it does really appear when I search my 
Bible that God often demands things of us that do 
seem quite strange and simple. 

Brother. — I am glad that you have learned that 
" God's waye are not our ways, nor his thoughts our 
thoughts." "For the wisdom of this world is 
foolishness with God." 1 Cor. 3: 19. " But I certify 
unto you, brethren, that the gospel which was 
preached of me is not after man. For I neither 
received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by 
the revelation of Jesus Christ." Gal. 1: 11, 12. 
F. — It does seem truly that according to the 
Scriptures we should by no means reject any com- 
mand in the Gospel, however simple it may ap- 
pear to us; but again I am taught that "we are 
saved by grace, through faith," and when I read 
the eleventh chapter of Hebrews, it is quite evi- 
dent that faith in God is sufficient to please him 
and justify us as believers. Besides, I hear many 
ministers preach from the pulpit, " Only believe 
and ye Bhall be saved." 

B. — I freely admit if we believe truly, in the full 
sense of the word, it will be sufficient. But let us 
see what it is to believe according to the Script- 
ures. We learn that Abraham believed God and 
it was imputed unto him for righteousness. Now 
let us see how Abraham acted when he believed. 
God had promised that in his seed all the nations 
of the earth should be blessed. After this posi- 
tive promise from God, he commands Abraham 



Jan. 15, 1889. 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER. 



to take his only son, Isaac, and offer him as a sac- 
rifice. Now, faithful and believing Abraham, what 
are you going to do ? How are you going to act i 
Beeiug that God has commanded you to do some- 
thing that is in direct opposition to his promise? 
Will you obey such a command? Yes; Father 
Abraham falters not; God's word can not return 
unto him void; he can not lie; it is impossible that 
he should fail, therefore why need I fear? Why 
resort to human conjecturing? 

I believe God so firmly that I am willing to 
trust him ; therefore my only son must die by my 
own hand. The destroying weapon is raised. It 
is enough. God's mighty hand now interposes, 
his holy command has been obeyed. Abraham's 
faith has been tried and tested, and Isaac lives. 

F. — But I should like to know what you wish to 
prove by all this? 

B. — I will tell you. If Abraham had been a 
believer fashioned after the more modern type of 
believing, yoa might have heard him reasoning 
with himself somewhat after this manner: "I con- 
fesa that God is just and good; I believe in him 
with all my heart, and I know that this is all that 
lie requires. Therefore I feel satisfied that God 
never intended that I should obey him in this 
matter, seeing that it conflicts with the promise 
that he has made to me. He knows that I believe 
him and love him, hence that is all that is neces- 
sary. Just think of it! Do you suppose God 
would require a thing so unreasonable? " 

F. — I am forced to acknowledge that we hear a 
great deal of such unreasonable reasoning in this 
age with regard to many plain commands of Holy 
Writ. It is very evident that in this way we have 
the power to do away with any of the mandates of 



B. — I hope, then, you may be able to see why 
we hold it as obligatory urjon us to obey God in 
all things whatsoever he has commanded us. We 
prove that we believe God by taking him at his 
word in all things. 

F. — But it looks to me as though you place 
too much stress upon works, and lose sight of 
faith. 

B.— Not at all; we want to see faith and work 
linked together, according to the instructions of 
the Apostle James. One is dead without the 
other. " Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, 
and I have works: show me thy faith without thy 
works, and I will show thee my faith by my 
works." James 2: 18. 

F. — I see, then, that you, as a people, have been 
greatly misrepresented in regard to your relig- 
ious views and practices. I have often heard that 
Dunkards depend altogether on getting to heaven 
by obeying the external commands and ordi- 
nances. 

B. — " An enemy hatli done this." The Gospel 
teaches us that men shall arise in the last days 
speaking evil of the way of truth. We believe in 
obeying " that form of doctrine " delivered unto us 
in the Gospel; we believe in doing all things 
whatsoever Christ hath commanded us. "Why 
call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things 
which I say?" " My sayings they are spirit and 
they are life." 

We believe that all these things should be done 
in faith believing, for whatever is not of faith 
is Bin. And after we have done all that we are 
commanded to do, we are still unprofitable serv- 
ants. We have only done that which is onr duty. 

F. — But supposing I believe that I am right, 
notwithstanding there are some things in the 
Go3pel that I consider as non-esseutial to my sal- 
vation, what will be the consequence? 

B. — It is possible to believe a thing iB true, 
when it is not. " The devils also believe and trem- 
ble." " There is a way that seemefh right unto a 



man, but the end thereof are the ways of death 
Prov. IB: 25 and 11: 12. 

1'. — So you think that a mau's own feelings in 
regard to religion are nut a safe and true guide. 

B.— Just bo; the Spirit itself must bear witness 
with our spirits, that we are the children of God. 
" If wo have not the spirit of ChriBt, we are none 
of his." We are to thy the spirits, and see wheth. 
er they be of God. Then the Word is to be our 
basis. Compare our spirit with the spirit of the 
Gospel. 

F. — Then you claim that we may believe we 
will be saved, and finally be lost? 

B.— That such will be the case, is established iu 
the Bible. " Be not deceived; God is not mocked.' 
"Not every one that sayeth unto me, Lord, Lord, 
shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he 
that doeth the will of my Father which is in heav- 
en. Many will say to me iu that day, Lord, Lord, 
have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy 
name have cast out devils? and in thy name dom 
many wonderful works? And then will I profes 
unto them, I never kuew you: depart from me, y 
that work iniquity." Matt. 7: 21, 22, 23. 

Evidently, here is a class that felt "all wae 
well." They plead with the Judge, but. the an 
swer comes, "Depart." Why need we be amon 
that number? 

{To be (Jonlimieil.) 

THOUGHTS ON THE NEW YEAR. 



This is New Year's Day. What strange i 
tions thrill our heart as we trace the figures, 
" 1889." We can scarcely realize that the old year 
has passed into eternity. Butitisso. Lastnight 
we followed his receding form to the portals 
grave, and there wailed forth our sod farewell 
for we could go no farther with our hoary-bended 
friend. With tearful eyes and melancholy hearts 
we knelt beside his sepulcher, and sprinkled dust 
upon the dear, time-honored face; then, chanting 
low a solemn requiem, we rolled the heavy stone 
upon his vault, and hid the old year from our sight 
for evermore. 

Now the new year stands before us, arrayed in 
all the loveliness of youthful grace and beauty. 
What noble virtue crowns his fair and lofty brow? 
But as he smiles and proffers us his hand, we 
hesitate, and almost shrink from clasping it iu 
ours, feeling a keen resentment that he should 
take the place of our dead and buried friend, 
whom we so dearly loved. A pang of sorrow cuts 
our hearts as we note the approach of this youth- 
ful guest! We can hardly consent to have another 
occupy the chair of our lately departed one; nor 
do we feel at ease to exchange our old affections 
for a youDger and fairer love. 

Such are the thoughts that crowd upon our 
mind as the new year dawns, and we realize that 
the old one has passed from us forever. 

True, reader, it is hard to part with cherished 
friends- But while the old year held for us scenes 
of gladness, it likewise brought to our joyous lives, 
seasons of sorrow, tears, and disappointment. 
Ah, were each one of us to consult his individual 
experience, none of us could Fny: "I have parsed 
ingh the entire old year without seeing one 
hope blighted, without knowing one sadness, 
without feeling one heart pang! My days were 
11 sunshine, my nights were all slumber. I felt 
no wants and had no cares. The grave has robbed 
of no dear one, for all I love are with me still. 
The sky above was ever smiling, and I failed to 
even notice the shadow of a cloud. All life was 
joy and beauty! The only emotions that thrilled 
my soul were throbs of gladness, and not one tear 
of anguish stained tny cheek or dimmed my eye," 



No, such has not been our experience of 188S, 
We have all had clouds as well as sunshine. Oft- 
times the gloom of anguish compassed us about. 
Some—and not a few have had their homes in- 
vaded by the King „f Terrors, and, with aching, 
bursting hearts, poured forth their tears above the 
coffin-lid. Others have been oalled to bid farewell 
to dear ones, nud followed duty to some far-off, dis- 
tant laud. Still others there are, whom cruel de- 
ceptions sponr has pierced, and left, a wound 
which even death could not have made. Thus 
cnlliug to miml the blasted joys ,,f the buried 
year, let us relax our hold, and, with a shout of 
dosp thanksgiving, welcome to our homes the 
new; prayiug Heaven that the hearts which were 
broken iu 'SS, may In, healed in 'Mil. 

But we must remember that t lie new your holds 
for each of us a work a duty to perform. 
None dare stand idlo, for the harvost is groat, aud 
it is God who oalls us to tho field. Woe unto iib, 
if we obey not his command. He bids us labor 
mightily, with all our fervent strength. We must 
hasten to put forth our sickle, for the sun is even 
uow uenring tho horizon, aud souls of men are 
starving for the Bread of Life. Lot us strive to 
finish our work while it is yot day, bo whon the 
Master comes we may hear the blessed plaudit: 
" Well done, thou good aud faithful servant! Enter 
thou into tho joy of thy Lord." 

May each of us resolve, with tho help of God, 
this year, to do more for Him than we have ever 
done before. Let no one shrink from duty, but 
all go forth endeavoring to elevate humanity and 
widen the influence of Christianity. Life was 
not given us for idlo dreaming. When our bodies 
are once consigned to the silent grave, until the 
trumpet sounds on the resurrection morn, there 
will be time enough for us to lie with folded 
hands, and rest. But while we move in a world 
of wickedness, we must toil with unceasing efforts 
to raise our fellow-men from the deadly slums of 
vice and sin, and lend them heavonward. The 
salvation of immortal souls should be our highest 
object, and to this end may God help us all to 
strive! 

As we behold the new year, we are reminded 
that time is short and fleeting. It seems as 
if it were only yesterday that we entered upon the 
old one, but now it has In ken Sight, and nothing 
but the memory of its sorrows and joys remains. 
Thus do the years forever come and go; each fol- 
lows the last in rapid succession, and then passes 
away like a " (ale that is told." 

Such is life! Let us be up aud doing, then, 
for each year brings us nearer the gates of eterni- 
ty, and " the night wheroin no man can work," 
may be closer than we think. May we labor with 
renewed strength to bless mankind, and fit our 
souls for n nobler existence iu the celestial king- 
dom! Then, — when our work is done, — when we 
have auswered tho purpose of our oreation, we 
shall be borne on angel pinions lo the sweet eter- 
nal world, where time is not measured by mouths 
and years, but is one eternal day of jubilee! 

To our worthy editors we now extend our kind- 
est greetings, and warmly encourage them in their 
noble, Christian work. May their -,eal, and ours, 
throughout life's pilgrimage, continue unabated, 
and onr hearts lose none of the sweat, fraternal 
feelings, that should characterize each child of 
God. 

Vinco, Pa. 

Did any one ever hear of a person who, because 
there is counterfeit money in circulation, would 
have nothing to do with money ? Why, then, re- 
ject Christianity because there are bogus Chris- 
tians in circulation ' It is very strange that so 
trivial and unreasonable an ejonw should be so 
often offered. 



THE GOSPBL MESSENGER. 



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Number Four. 
THBBI are .great many term, in the English 
Language that we bo often nee aud bo often meet 
in our literature either sacred or secular that wo 
become very familiar will, the,,,. We have long 
since had a general knowledge of their meaning; 
and as we have perhaps never stopped to inquire 
as to whether or not there is any meaning there 
which we have not observed, we are often sur- 
prised to learn that such is the ca B e. 

For the present let us consider the question. 

WHO WEBB THE UBNTILES? 
This name" Gentilo," either in the singular or 
pural, but almost always in the plural, oooura in 
the New Testament ninety-nine times. In mnoty- 
three instinces (and in every one of these the 
name is found in the plural) the English name is 
a translation of the plural form of the Greek name 
elhnus; but in the remaining six passages it is a 
translation of the Greek name Ilellen. 

Now Binoe both theBe Greek words have, in a 
few instances, put on the Bame English dress in 
the Authorized Version of the Now Testament let 
us inquire iuto the original moaning of each, we 
take the latter first. 

In the Greek Testament the word Uetlen occurs 
twenty-seven times; but nowhere ehe except in the 
six paBsages referred to is it translated Gentile. 
In each of the remaining twenty-one passages it 
is translated Greek or Greeks, corresponding to 
the lingular or plural in the original. Now, were 
Jting James' revisers inconsistent in six t 
rendering this word into the English GentiM 
Let nssee what the late reviews thought of it. 
Compare the Authorized and Revised Versions at 
John 7: 35; Rom. 2: 9, 10; 3: 9; 1 Cor. 10: 32 and 
12: 13, and you will find that in the Revised Ver- 
sion the word Greek oach time appears; never Gen- 
tile. Aud this is certainly more consistent, for 
llellen is a proper noun meaning a native of Greece 
(Hellas) We learn, then, that the Greek name 
Hellen should be rendered by the English name 
Greek, and not » Gentile " as the Authorized A er- 
eion has it in the six passages above named. 

Now what is the meaning and use of Kllmos, the 
plural form of which ooours in each of the ninety- 
nine passages at first mentioned except the six 
just discussed? Both the singular aud plural 
forms of this word are in the New Testament 
translated naiion or nations mors than sixty timss 
and this iB the meaning regularly assigned it in 
Classic Greek. In Acts 8: 9 and Rom. 10: 19, 
and here only the singular form is translated peo- 
ple,— never Genlile. 

But now what of the plural form (Elhne) which 
we have already found to be rendered by tho En- 
glish name Gentites more than ninety times? It 
is also translated differently in a few instances. 
At Acts 1: 52; 2 Cor. 11, 2B; Gal. 1: 16; 2: 9 and 
3:8, the Authorized Version renders it heathen, 
but the Revised Version in each instance gives 
Gentiles. 

" Well, what of all this? " you may ask. Why, 
just this: we have now learned that a few (six) oc- 
currences of the name Gentite in the Authorized 
Version are bad translations. But what is more 
important by far, we have learned that the only 
word which can properly and consistently be trans- 
lated (leniiles may alBo be translated nations or 
heathen. Inspiration has given us elhne in these 
Scriptures; but as to whether it means Gentiles or 
notions or fceotften, Inspiration doeB not say. All 
we can do in deciding between these words iB to ac- 
cept the opinions of men, or, from the oontext, de- 
cide for ourselves, 



In many passages the context makes it very easy 
to decide this question; in others it is not so read- 
ily settled. For instance: A brother says, the 
leaves of the tree mentioned at Rev. 22: 2 are not 
for the healing of the nations in general, but for 
the healing of the heathen. How shall we decide 
here? Luther in his German translation says, zu 
tier QesundheU der Ileiden. 

"Go ye therefore and teach all" what?-na/ions 
,„. aJiles or heathen! Which? (Matt. 28:19). 
■■My houss shall be called, of all nations (or 
heathen or Gentiles? which?), the house of 
prayer." (Mark 11: 17). "And the gospel must 
first be published among all " whatr-Nabons .or 
Gentiles or heathen? Which? (Mark 13: 10). 
"And he that overcometh and keepeth my words 
unto the end, to him will I give power over 
whom ?— the nations, the Gentiles, or the heathen I 
(Rev. 2: 26). In the following verse John says: 
"And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as 
the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to 
shivers." Who is to receive such treatment at 
the hands of him that overcometh? 

Now I do not wish to be understood as saying 
or intimating that none of these questions can be 
satisfactorily answered; but I do say that there are 
questions here (and many more might be asked) 
that many of us cannot properly answer without 
study. Many passages of Scripture must be in- 
terpreted in the light of others. This we cannot 
do without investigation. In short we must 
•ft the Scriptures, 
n. 1, 1889. 



that so long a journey would fatigue me beyond 
ly Btrength. 

Dec. 7, I left Defiance and set my face toward 
Pennsylvania again. In the northern part of the 
State I stopped and visited with friends until Dec. 
28 when I boarded the care for home, and arriv- 
ed in Johnstown at 7 o'clock that night. Here I 
tarried over night with Ephraim Strayer, a broth- 
er-in-law, and next day was brought to the dear 
parental homestead, where I am now writing _ 
Throughout the entire journey the Fathers 
watchfufeye was over me, for which I thank aud 
praise him, as only a grateful being can. 

Sadie C. Brallier. 




My Visit to Ohio. 



On the morning of August 3, 1 bade farewell 
to all my dear ones at home, aud boarded the cars 
for a visit in the extreme north-western part of 
Ohio. My destination was Jewell, Defiance Co., 
arrived on the afternoon of the 4th. The 
object of my journey was to visit Gertrude A. 
Flory whose name is dear to every reader ot the 
Messenger. We had never met, but a corre- 
spondence of almost two years had bound our 
hearts together in the bonds of Christian love. 
Both she and her husband are active workers in 
the Master's cause, and are dearly loved by the 
church and the community in which they live. 
For four months I was their guest, and enjoyed 
their hospitality in the fullest sense of the word. 
,ly thank them for the kindness they mani- 
fested in my behalf, and pray the loving God to 
richly bless them, and all who dwell beneath their 
roof. . . 

Brother and sister Flory hold their member- 
ship in the Poplar Ridge congregation. It is 
quite a flourishing church, and harmony prevails 
among the members in general. They are plain 
ir. Jress. and unassuming in spirit but fearless 
in the discharge of their Christian duties, making 
it their one endeavor to labor nobly for the Lord. 
While with them, sister Flory was stricken 
down with typhoid fever, aud for awhile her life 
hung trembling at the gateB of death; but owing 
to the mighty skill of the Great Physician, she 
is convalescing now. Dear brethren and sisters, 
let your prayers aBcend, that health may soon be 
restored to her in full ! 

I had intended to go on to Indiaua and Illinois, 
aud visit with friends and Brethren there; but, 
owing to delicate health I did not venture, fearing 



Report From the Field, 

IN compliance with the earnest requeBt of 
Brethren J. J. Hoover, of Marlboro, Stark Co., 
O aud S. B. Stuckey, of Paris, 0., I commenced 
a meeting in what is known as the Science Hill 
school-house, located four and a half miles west 
of Alliance, in the bounds of the Sandy church,, 
on the evening of Dec. 4. 

In the house mentioned, Bro. J. Hoover has 
been laboring for the last two years, with fair 
Buccess. Before his coming to their neighbor- 
hood, the doctrine of the Brethren was but little 
known. Bro. Hoover preached our doctrine with 
that zeal that should characterize all ministers, 
and has succeeded in gathering into the fold ten 
or twelve persons who are respected, and wield a 
powerful influence in the society in which they 
move, and the outlook of building up a strong 
church in that locality, is promising.indeed. 

We found that the people there were interested 
in the meeting, especially those dear members 
that have been so recently brought into the church. 
We preached five sermons for them. The meet- 
tings were well attended, and, on the whole, we 
enjoyed a happy season together. The immedi- 
ate results of our labors were gratifying. Two 
precious souls made that good choice that can 
never be taken from them, and were added to the 
church by baptism. Others, we are convinced, 
were near the kingdom. Many tears were shed, 
but like a Felix of old, some are waiting for a 
more convenient seaBon. Our prayer is that they 
will not put off the important work too long, and 
at last be lost. May we, ere long, hear the joy- 
ful news that they are identified with God's people, 
having hope of eternal life. Reuben Shroyer, 



From Battle Creek Church, Iowa. 

BliO. J. W. Trostle, of Woodbury county, came 
to us and preached for us four sermons, and Dec. 
9 JameB Hardy, from Cherokee county, came and 
gave us three sermons. How it revived us! If 
we had preaching here, we could soon have a 
church built up here! The people were well 
pleased with the doctrine. One lady said, if we 
had regular preaching, she would come to the 
church. We had a good interest. I pray God 
that some good brother may move here and preach 
for us. We have a good country. There are 
people here that want to be saved. Now, breth- 
ren remember us in onr isolation. If there are 
any brethren traveling over the Chicago and 
North-western R, R., please Btop oil at Battle 
Creek, Ida Co., Iowa, and notify the undersigned, 
who will meet you at the train. 

J. H. Isenbabger. 

In Memoriam. 
Bro. David M. Miller, died Dec. 28, 1888, in 
I the Mineral church, Johnson Co., Mo., aged about 
sixty-Bix years. 

The evening before he died, while with some 
I of his grand sons, he claimed to feel better than 



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be did for some years past. On the morning of 
his death he arose in usual vigor of health, but 
shortly after threw himself back in his chair, 
where he expired in a few moments, without a 
struggle. He leaves a sorrowing, widowed sister 
and ten cEildreu, all members of the church, ex- 
cept one. Two preceded him to the spirit world. 
Thirty-two grandchildren are living, and nine 
are dead. 

The writer was acquainted with Bro. Miller for 
about fifty years. He was an exemplary and 
faithful member of the Brethren church for about 
forty years, and never made the church any troub- 
le. Daniel Neber. 

Notes from McPherson, Kansas. 

The Brethren in the We3t McPherson church, 
feeling the importance of a protracted effort in 
their part of the congregation, held a meeting over 
a week and the result was, five additions by bap- 
tism. Bro. Crist, of Olathe, Kansas, did the preach- 
ing. One was also added in the East McPherson 
church just before, while a series of meetings was 
conducted by our home ministers. 

We held a Christmas meeting in the College 
Chapel, which was well attended by the members 
and others. All the ministers present, some six 
in number, made appropriate remarks, while the 
congregation did their part, by interspersing the 
exercises with singing suitable hymns. 

Prof. Howard Miller, one of our teachers in the 
College, was appointed an official of the Union Pa- 
cific Railroad, and will take charge of its inter- 
ests in the East, and we trust he will be able mate- 
rially to assist the College which he so ably helped 
to start. Expressions of the highest respect were 
shown to Bro. Miller both by the city of McPher- 
son, and the students of the College in a body. 
Few teachers have so completely won the affec- 
tions of their students in so short a time as he 
did. He leaves us with our best wishes for suc- 
cess in his new field of labor. 

The Trustees and Faculty both thought that a 
well-qualified sister on the Board of Instructors 
would be a great advantage to the institution, and 
we were requested to correspond with a number 
of sisters with a view of securing one to fill Bro. 
Miller's place. After repeated efforts we succeed- 
ed in securing Frances Davidson, A.M., a gradu- 
ate of Kalamazoo College, Michigan, and of a num- 
ber of years' experience. She is well known to 
many of our Brethren, and from her efficiency as 
a teacher, and her example of gospel plainness, 
Bhe will be able to accomplish much good. 

The winter thus far has been especially fine. 
S. Z. Sharp. 

Jan. 3, 1889. 

An Appeal by the Mission Board. 

To the Members of the Churches in the Middle 
District of Missouri: — 

That the mission work might receive suf- 
ficient support, the District Meeting gave instruc- 
tions that each church should appoint solicitors to 
collect money for this purpose. "It was estimated 
that if each church would contribute as much as 
tweuty-five cents for each member during the 
year, the mission work could be supported. But 
few of the churches have done anything so far. 
As a result, we have calls for the "Bread of 
Life " that we can not fill. 

"We want every member in this District to feel 
that he has an interest in this work, and we want 
every solicitor that has been negligent, to go to 
work at once. 

Do not expect the ministers to take the time 
and the money, that belong to their families, to do 
this work. Their families have just as great a 



claim to their time as yours have to your time. 
It is not right that they should do more than their 
circumstances allow them to do; neither is it right 
for you not to give of your means as much as 
your circumstances will allow. We spend entire- 
tirely too much of the Lord's money for thiuga 
that we do not have to have. God will surely 
hold us to account for souls that are lost, that we 
might have saved with the money we could have 
spared, to have the glad tidings sent to them. We 
say again, " Give us your help in this work! " 

That you may see the need of doing something, 
we give you some of the reports brought in by 
those who have been in the field. 

Bro. J. Witmore says that he held nine days' 
meeting in Blue Bottoms, near Independence, 
Mo. There was quite an interest manifested, and 
if the work commenced there, is followed up by 
more meetings, there will be good prospects for 
additions to the few who have already come out 
on the Lord's side. The people o£ that communi- 
ty seem willing to receive the Word in its purity. 
After two weeks' meeting iu Audrain Co., Bro, 1). 
Bowman sends in a similar report. 

The ministers of the Mineral Creek church, re- 
port a number of additions to the little body of 
members in Benton county, and that the prospects 
for more are very good. 

Bro. D. Glick, of Sweet Springs, Mo., writes, 
under date of Nov. 23rd, "I have more to do than 
I am able to do. I have been going to Clear 
Creek, forty miles distant every two months, and 
every time I hold a church meeting and preach 
from two to five times. The third Saturday in 
June I went to Norton, twenty-six miles distant, 
preached three times and baptized one. Saturday, 
July 28, I went thirty-five miles down on the 
Missouri River bottoms, where I held three meet- 
ings. Last Saturday I went back to the same 
place, and held four meetings. I have never 
preached to a more attentive people then I did 
there. I promised them to come back again soon, 
Providence permitting, and stay a week. I would 
like to have some help i£ I can get it." 

This is not his first appeal for us to Bend him 
some one to help build up the cause there, but so 
far we have not been able to grant his request. 
Will not each church in the District, that has not 
already. done so, appoint solicitors, so that all can 
take part in this great work? As soon as any 
money is collected, Bend it to Moses Neher, Lee- 
ton, Johnson Co., Missouri, fie is Treasurer of 
the District. Wm. Mohlek, Secretary. 

From Hope, Kans. 

The Abilene church, Kansas, has had fifteen 
additions by baptism since last spring. Last Sun- 
day two were buried with Christ in baptism. 

Bro. Hollinger's health, as well as my own, has 
improved. Bro. Hope, of Harrington, is with us 
at this time, faithfully dealing out the Word of 
Life, and we fondly hope that "there will be still 
more to follow." We thank God and take cour- 
age. J. D. Trohtle. 

From the Oakley Church, 111. 

The Oakley church is moving along in the 
even tenor of her way. Her members seem to 
stand up for the right, and go on with a deter- 
mined will to serve their Master. 

Some spiritual food was administered to our 
wants recently, by way of a series of meetings. 
Bro. Neff, of Indiana, broke tons the Bread of 
Life from day to day, for nearly two weeks. Bro. 
Neff did his part well in making the meetings in- 
teresting, and iu bringing sinners into the fold. 
He can rejoice with the brethren and sisters here 
on earth, and the holy beings above, that four 



precious souls were baptized into Christ. We 
hope they may be able, by the help of God, to 
wiilk in newness of life, so that at the end of the 
race, they may receive that crowu that ia held in 
reservation for the righteous. 

During our meetiugs the church met to consider 
the propriety of having oue of her members Berve 
in the deacon's office. The lot fell on Bro. J. C. 
Sensebaugh. We have tho hope dwelling within 
us, that, by the grace of God and the prayers of 
the church, Bro. John will fill his calling well 

Tho Lord willing, a series of meetiugs will bo 
commenoed iu the village of Oakley, Dec. (J. Bro. 
Myers, of Cerro Gordo, has been solicited to aid 
our home ministers to conduct the meeting. We 
pray that some good may be done at this place 
and time, whether it should be to the strengthen- 
ing of the saints, or to tho converting of souls,— 
all is necessary. R. VV. Huffobd. 

From Cherry Grove, 111. 

Bro. E. L. Broweh closed a series of meetings, 
here and at Shannon, on Christmas Day. While 
we had no immediate additions, the good soed 
sown at these meetings will be gathered in the 
Lord's own time. Our dear brother left here, by 
way of ML Morris, for Franklin Grove. Thouco 
he will go to Iowa. Many prayers follow him to 
other Golds of labor, that the Lord may bless him 
in his work. 

Eld. Brower is one of our old-time Virginia 
preachers. Commencing in an early day, when 
traveling iiad mostly to be done on horseback, 
he traveled over mountains ami valleys, through 
Buoshine and rain, to preach tho Gospel to tho 
children of men. 

Old brother Paul's occupation was that of tent- 
making, but his business was to build up tho king- 
dom. Eld. B rower's occupation is that of funn- 
ing, but he makes it his business to build up the 
kingdom of our glorious Redeemer, by preaching 
the Word. Jam. 11. Lakkinh. 

From Lafayette, Montgomery Co., Va. 

THE Messenqeb has been a groat help to me in 
my ministerial labors. I live in the mountains 
of Virginia, and have to labor among a class of 
people who have never had educational advan- 
tages. Through mud, cold and rain, I try to meet 
all of my appointments. In my congregations 
there is, generally, a mixed crowd, — some white 
and some black. In the last three years I have 
only been able to baptize five colored and about 
twelve white brethren. We are all poor, and 
have no house of worship, excepting our little 
cabins. Our doctrine is new here, and we are 
surrounded by other denominations, Ofhu I 
am confronted by strong opposition, but the good 
Lord is my helper. When I consider my trials, I 
am almost ready to give up the work, but when, 
in our ever-welcome Mehsenoeu, I find that our 
beloved brethren are still laboring on, and that 
some of them, like myself, think that their lot is 
a hard one, I take courage again. In tears I read 
of the ups and downs of God's servants, nnd am 
lling to go on again, to spend and be spent for 
the cause I so much love. May God's blessing 
rest upon us all! S. K. Wickbxm. 

"■THE mystery that overhangs tho future life, 
and not a little embarrasses our thoughts in re- 
spect to that life, arises from our entire wdut of 
observation and experience in regard to it. That 
life must, to a considerable extent, remain a mys- 
tery until wo die, and learn what it is by experi- 
ence. All efforts to make it otherwise is labor 
lost. Hence, the wise way ia to let the mystery 
alone, and not perplex ourselves with it." 



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Bito. T. T. Meyers spent the vaoation with the 
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Bro. S. H. Miller, of Waterloo, Iowa? returned 
home front the mission field in Clayton County, 
of thai State, Dee. 22. At the close of the meet- 
ings four were baptized 

Bro. J. E. Miller preached eight sermons for 
the Brethren at Milledgeville, III, during the Hol- 
iday week. Bro. Geo. D. Zollers continued the 
meetings, we trust, with good results. 



The Brethren at Piue Creek, 111., are holding a 
Beries of meetings. The home ministry are doing 
the preaching. May the Lord bless the work! 

When last heard from, Bro. Jacob Witmore was 
holding a series of meetings at Covins, C'al. May 
the Lord bless the mission of our brother on the 
Pacific Coast. 

Bro. J as. R. Gish says: "We held our love- 
I'ensi Dee. 20; had a very pleasant meeting. 
Twenty-three membeis communed. This was the 
first communion held in our new meeting-house 
at Stuttgart, Ark." 



Bro. Samuel Studehaker, of Yellow Creek, 111., 
visited Mt. Morris last week. He preached iu the 
Chapel on Sunday evening, and went from here 
to West Branch church, eight miles north-west, 
to hold meetings for the Brethren. 



We have received money from the following- 
named pip-ties, but, as they fail to give their ad- 
dresses, we are at a loss to know where to credit 
it. Catharine Boblits, Abram Miller and J. E. 
Crist. Please send addresses at once. 



Under date of the 1st inst, Bro. Cbas. Gibson 
says: "We are in the midst of a very interesting 
series of meetings in the West Otter Creek church, 
111. Bro. A, Hutchison is doing the preach- 
ing. Six have united with the church and others 
are counting the coat. 



Bro. R. H. Miller writes us that he has been 
out, holding meetings, and that, after preaehiug 
twioa a day for nearly two weeks, his health gave 
way, and he lies since been sick nearly a week. 
We hope he may soon be restored to health and to 
usefulness to the church. 



Do not fail to read the Missionary Report iu 
this number of the Messenger. If you notice 
any errors, either o£ commission or omission, 
plea6e report at once to the Treasurer, D. L. Mil- 
ler, Ml Morris, 111. Do not wait until sometime 
in the future, but report any errors that you may 
notice now. 



Bro. Hope contemplates visiting some of the 
ohurches in the East during the winter, and will 
labor in the ministry as occasion may demand. 
He has been holding meetings in different parts 
of Kansas. We hope his work may be blessed 
to the good of the church and to the salvation 
of Bimieis. 



It is now generally believed by tho.se who 
have the best facilities for knowing, that Stanley, 
the Africau explorer, is safe, and that, ere long, 
we may expect to hear from him as he emerges 
from the heart of the Dark Continent. He will, 
doubtless, if spared to return, have an interesting 
account to give of his travels among the dusky 
children of Africa. 



Bro. A. B. Brumbaugh, of New Baltimore, 0., 
noder date of the 2ml inst., says: "G. W. Brum- 
gh and J. B. Replogle, of Pennsylvania, ate 
holding meetings in the East Nimishillen church, 
this week. One young brother united villi the 
•ch to-day. The first number of the Messen- 
ger for 1899 has reached us. Its large size and 
appearance suits me well. Success to it and Us 

proprietors." ^_ ^ 

From Bro. M. M. Eahelmau we received the 
following good news just as we go to press: 
Great joy in the McPherson church. Eight 
baptized yesterday, seven of them students; one, 
dear daughter, Vinnie. More to.be baptized 
to-day, and the spirit of God still at work. Breth- 
Eby, Vaniman, Hillery and Shirk are preach- 
Had a glorious council last Saturday. 
Peace and joy among the saints. Satan defeated, 
,d Christ triumphant. Praise the Lord! " 

We are sorry to say that we are entirely out of 
the leather binding of " Europe and Bible Lands," 
and can not fill orders for them. Wo still have a 
pply of the cloth binding, and are filling all or- 
is promptly. The eighth edition of this book 
is now almost exhausted, and a new edition will 
have to be published to supply the unabated de- 
mand. It is a book that both young and old read 
with pleasure and profit. You can not do better 
than to secure a copy, cloth binding, postage pre- 
paid, SI. GO. Special terras to agents on applica- 
tion. We send the bcok to all ministers for SI. 00, 
with sixteen cents added to prepay postage. Send 
in your orders now, and Bpend these long winter 
evenings in reading a good book, aud in gaining 
a more accurate knowledge of the Land of the 
Bible. 

We are now prepared to fill all orders for Alex- 
ander Mack's work, which we have recently pub- 
lished in cheap form. Whilst we, as a church, 
recognize only Christ Jesus as the founder of our 
faith and practice, yet we regard with due respect 
and honor those men whom the Lord raised up 
among us as teachers of the Truth. Alexander 
Mack was one of these men, and his writings give 
a reaeon for the faith that was in him. At the 
request of many of our brethren, we have pub- 
lished the book in a cheap form, so that it may 
become more generally circulated among our peo- 
ple, and we hope that those who are interested in 
the church will spcure a copy of the book. It 
contains 89 pages, is printed on good book paper, 
in paper covers, and sells for 30 cents per copy, 
postage prepaid, or S2.50 per dozen, by express. 
Send in your orders at once. Only a limited edi- 
tion lias been printed. 



Calls continue to come in for a brother 
brethren to go to Washington Territory, and 
preach for the isolated members who live ther< 
When Bhall we be able to fill these Macedonian 
cries for help? 

Bro. Jesse Stutsman, of Ohio, writps, under 
date of the 1th iusi, as follows: "I am at present 
in Price's Creek congregation, holding meetings. 
The interest is increasing. So far, one accession 
by baptism." 

Eld. H. P. Wtrickler, of Eldora, Iowa, has 
moved to the Panhandle of Texas, and his address 
in the future will be Coldwater, Sherman Co , Tex. 
We hope our brother will like his new home, and 
bo ajije, under God's blessing, to do a good work 
in bii* new field of labor. Those wishing to cor- 
respond with him will note bifl change of address, 



Orders are still coming in for the missionary 
number of the Messenger. The edition was en- 
tirely exhausted two weeks ago. We sent out, in 
addition to our own aud those printed for the 
Missionary Committee, one thousand copies for 
the Tract Committee. We regret very much that 
we did not print a larger edition, so that all could 
have been supplied. 

Bro. D. B. Gibson sends us the following good 
news. It was all written on a postal card, under 
date of the 1st inst. : "I have just closed a Beries 
of meetings in my home church, Mihnine, with 
ten additions by baptism and one dear brother re- 
stored from the Progressives. The Lord be 
praised! I begin meetings to-night iu Cerro Gor- 
do. Pray the Jjord'a blessing upon the good 
wui-k!" 



Bro. "Vaniman's tract, "The House We Live 
In," was translated into the German by Bro. 
Plate, our foreman, and a number of them sent to 
Germany for distribution. In Bremen, where a 
few of them had been distributed, the police 
called upon the one engaged in the work and gave 
notice that no more of the tracts Bhould be dis- 
tributed, assigning as a reason that, owing to the 
fact that the doctrine of non-resistance was taught, 
it was detrimental to the best interests of the Gov- 
ernment and could not be allowed. We can 
scarcely realize, in this country, unless we have 
come in contact with it, the intense military spirit 
of the German Government, and this will be a de- 
cided hinderanee to doing mission work in that 
country by our Brethren. Every male in Ger- 
many of ttie age of twenty-one, must serve in the 
army. From this rule the only exceptions are for 
mental or physical disability, and for teachers 
and ministers. The Bible doctrine of non-resist- 
ance and of peace and good-will to all mpn, can 
not easily be planted where not only the sentiment 
but the laws are against it. 



THE GOSPEL. MESSENGER. 



U 



The success of the preacher depends a good 
deal upon his earnestness, and he can only be 
(deeply in earnest as he has real, positive convic- 
tions of (he truth. If Ihe minister have no such 
'convictions, he will never be able to impress the 
truth upon others. Only as you believe yourself, 
what you have to say, will you be able (o make 
•others believe your words. If you are to lead oth- 
■ers to Christ you must have deep, earnest couvic- 
tions of the truth as it is in Jesas yourself. A 
-mere opinion, or assent to the truth will not do. 
Half-hearted statements from the minister only 
produce indifference among his hearers. To tell 
your congregation that, if what you are saying be 
not the truth, you are ready to accept the views of 
:some one else to-morrow, is lo place your state- 
ments at a discount, and it shows that you are not 
ready to preach. What you want, what nil minis- 
ters want, is lo have a conviction that what they 
■are telling is the truth and that there cau be no 
mistake about it. The minister needs this more 
than the polish of an education. Men impelled 
'by convictions have, in all ages of the world, been 
leaders. Moody, the EvaDgelist, pays but little 
attention to the rules of grammar in speaking, and 
yet he has held multitudes, in the Old and New 
World, entranced, not by his fine diction, or elo- 
quence, but by his earnestneEs. To listen to him 
is to come away impressed with the fact that he 
is in earnest, and that he believes in his heart ev- 
ery word that he utters, and this is the secret of 
his wonderful influence over men and women. 
Education is helpful, but above and beyond all we 
want earnest heart convictions of the truth before 
we are prepared to preach God's "Word. 



QUERISTS' DEPARTMENT. 

Laying on Hands— Assisting the Elder— Secret Socie- 
ties—Nineveh and Babylon. 
Dca^Brot/wr:— 

Will you please explain i Tim. 4: 14. and 1 Cor. 1.5: S? 
Mas the authority for laying on of hands ceased? 

G. W. Fansler. 

The particular part of 1 Tim. 4: 14, upon which 
an explanation is asked, is the latter clause of the 
verse, and reads as follows: "With the laying on 
of the hands of the presbytery." The word pre: *- 
byiery properly means an assembly of aged men; 
council of elders. It is clear from the passage 
that more than one perEon took part in the ordi- 
nation and in the laying on of hands. It was 
common in all Bible times to lay on the hands in 
imparting a blessing. And the apoBtle intro- 
duced the laying on of hands in connection with 
the setting apart of any one for special service in 
the church. Jesus himself gave the example of 
laying his hand on those he blessed. See Matt. 
19: 15; Mark 6: 5; Luke 4: 40. The apostles also 
practiced the rite of laying on of hands. See Acts 
6: 6; 8: 17, and 13: 3. These Scriptures plainly 
show that the apostles practiced the laying on 
of hands, and that they, by direction of the Holy 
Ghost, introduced it into the Christian chnrch. 
As it has never been annulled by the authority 
that gave it, it remains in full force to-day. The 
attempt of some to argue from 1 Cor. 13: 8, that 
the laying on of hands has passed away, is scarce- 
ly worthy of consideration. When the end comes, 
all the forms of the Christian dispensation will 
pass away, and as we enter upon the new dispen- 
sation we shall no longer have need of them. 
" For now we see through a glass darkly; but then 
face to face." It is this thought that Paul would 
impress and not that the forms given us by Christ 
and the apoBtles have already passed away. It is 
true too many people in the world to-day act as if 
the commands of Christ and the examples of the 
ppostles were of none effeot, but let us obey that 



form of doctrine delivered unlo us, so that we 
may stand acquitted in the last day. 

" A Sister " asks if it is wrong for the members 
of the church to make a donation — " in money 
in anything that will add to his comfort,"— to 
elder who has not much of this world's goods, and 
who gives his labors to Ihe church. 

No; it is certnioly not wrong to thus assist your 
elder yvho so faithfully labors for you and gives 
his time to the church, especially when he is lack- 
ing in this world's goods. Again we say, No, il 
is not vi rong to give to him, but we believe it is 
absolutely wrong not to assist him. 



We know of none of our ministers or laymein 
bers who belong to secret organizations. The 
church is opposed to its membership uniting with 
any worldly organization, and one of the questions 
usually asked applicants for baptism is, whether 
they belong to a society of this kind. It so, they 
are asked to give it up bef jre they are received 
into membership by the church. If any of our 
members are connected with secret societies, it is 
in direct violation of Hie rule of the churoh, and, 
as yve firmly believe, of Ihe Scripture. 

1. I low long and how wide yvas the City of Nineveh? 
Jonah 3: 2, 4. 



1. Nineveh, as the Bible says, was " an exceed- 
ing great city." At the time Jonah visited the 
place it contained about 600,000 inhabitants. The 
main part of the city was surrounded by an im- 
mense wall, and there were a number of suburban 
towns that were doubtless considered at that time 
as belonging to the great city. The dimensions 
of Nineveh can not be exactly given. The lan- 
guage of the Bible is, that it was "an exceeding 
great city of three days' journey." This state- 
ment is singularly confirmed by the heathen his- 
torians. Diodorus says that it yvas 480 stadia, or 
sixty miles in circuit. Herodotus defines a day'B 
journey to be 150 stadia, so three days' journey 
agrees very nearly with the statement of Diodo- 
rus. This doubtless includes not only the city 
yvithin the great yvalls, but also the suburban 
towns. As Jonah entered the great city he began 
to deliver his message to the crowds that gathered 
around him. He probably did not go straight 
forward, but stopped at different points as he 
passed along, and at each place he gave the yvarn- 
ing that " yet forty days and Nineveh shall h 
overthroyvu." 

2. The ruins of the City of Babylon are not in- 
habited, and never will be. This might fully an- 
swer the question of our correspondent, but there 
is something so remarkable in the fulfillment of 
the prophecy concerning Babylon, that yve repro- 
duce here, iu part, our article on Ancient Mesopo- 
tamia. 

It is a well-knoyvn fact that Alexander the 
Great, when he had conquered Babylon, deter- 
mined to make it the eeat of his Empire, but the 
decree had gone out from the Almighty, " It shall 
never be inhabited, neither shall it be dwelt in 
from generation to generation." The indomitable 
will, the pride and ambition, and the unlimited 
resources of the great sovereign of the East yvere 
as nothing before the Word of the Lord. The 
very measures which he took to restore the city 
tended, in the end, to complete its destruction, for 
tho canals which he dug assisted in flooding the 
land and making Babylon pools of water, and a 
home for the bittern, 



So God uses kings and conquerors to accom- 
plish his purpose. The great Babylon, the joy of 
the whole earth, yvas buried by his hand, mid her 
walls, her temples, her mighty palaces aud mag- 
nificent residences have never been rebuilt, and 
when the Inst trump shall souud, anil the mighty 
host of God shall be gathered together, the living 
and the dead, the once proud aud wioked city 
shall be as she now iB, a desolation without nu in- 
habitant. 

When Babylon was in her glory, o prophet of 
Israel cried against her iu these words: "And 
Babylon, Hie glory of kingdoms, the beauty of the 
Chaldees' excellency, shall be 119 whon Gml over- 
threw Sodom and Gomorrah. It shall never be 
inhabited, neither Bhall it be dwelt iu from gener- 
ation to generation: neither Bhall the Arabian 
pitch tent there; neither shall the shepherds make 
their fold there. But wild beasts of the desert 
shall lie there; and their houses shall be full of 
doleful oreatures; and owls shall dwell thero, and 
satyrs shall dance there. And the wild beasts of 
the islands shall cry in (heir desolate houses, and 
dragons in their pleasant palaces." Is. 13: 10-22. 
This was indeed a bold prophecy, but it haa 
been literally fulfilled. To say that a great city 
like Babylon should never be inhabited, doubtless 
seemed like a silly tale to its people, but to-day 
the prophecy is history, aud even the "Arabian 
does not pitch his tent there." The yvauderiug 
Arab, on the plains of Arabia, or in the valleys of 
Syria, spieada his tent where night overtakes him 
and lies down under its folds in safety; but when 
he nears Babylon, he times his journey to roach 
a khan at the close of the day. 

The shepherd, no less fearful than tho Arab, 
leads his flocks through the jungle to feed through 
the day, but returns to the fortified khan ere sun- 
set, thus confirming the prophetic words of Isaiah, 
" Neither shall shepherds make their folds there." 
In Hie fulfillment of the prophet's words the 
ruins of Babylon have become a menagerie of 
wild beasls. Eauwolf, a German traveler, who 
visited the ruined city in the sixteenth century, 
sayB of the Temple of Belue: "This tower is full 
of venomous animals that can only be approached 
during the winter months when they do not leave 
holes." A Carmelite monk passed the ru- 
ins in 1657 and "heard the roaring of the lions, 
which, from time to time, aneyvered one another 
from the opposite shores of the river, to our no 
small terror." In December, 1881, Mr. Eich, En- 
glish Consul at Bagdad, made excavations among 
the ruins of Belshazzar's palace and says: "There 
are many dens of wild bessts in various parts, in 
one of which I found (he bones of sheep and oth- 
er animals, and perceived a strong smell, like that 
of a lion. I also found quantities of porcupine 
quills; and iu moBt of the cavities are numbers of 
owls and bats." 

Layard, in his notes, says: "In this section of 
country are to be found leopards, lynxes, wild 
cats, wolves, hyenas, jackals, deer, porcupines and 
other animals in vast numbers." Dr. Newman, 
who visited Babylon in 1876, says: "A large lion 
was in the habit of coming from the Euphrates to 
a canal which I crossed on my yvay to Babylon, 
till he was Bhot 'by one of the Aral. a. Captain 
Cowley, of the steamer on which I came up the 
Tigris, shot three lions, which had their lair on 
an island nearly opposite the ruined city." 

Sorely the words of Israel's greatest Seer have 
been fulfilled to the very letter, " But the wild, 
beasts shall lie there.'' 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER. 



Jan. 15, 1889. 



HEALING OF THE LEPER.* 



In last Sundaj '. Le.son we left Jesus in Si- 
mon's house where the people were bringing to 
him those that were possessed of devils and were 
Biok of divers diseases. How long in the day Je- 
sus worked, wo are not informed, but at sunset 
they were still bringing to him the possessed and 
diseased, and it may be that he was engaged until 
late in the night. But this did not hinder Jesus 
from rising early for another hard day's work. 
Ho rose " up a great while before day." How 
earnest and fully conseorated he was to his work! 
What a noble example to Christian workers to- 
day! And yet how few there are that imitate his 
zeal and energy in Christian work! We Bee much 
earnestness exhibited in business by Christians, 
but very little of it in the church. So many riBe 
early during the week to attend to their secular 
interests, but lie in bed very late on Sabbath 
morning. Christians generally need to conse- 
crate themselves more fully to the work of the 
Lord. 

Before Jesus entered upon the duties of the 
day, he went into a solitary place to pray. In this 
he gives ub an illustration of a very important 
Christian duty. Busy Christians need to pray. 
If it were necessary for Jesus, how much more for 
ub! " Without me," sayB JeBus, " ye oou do noth- 
ing." Is it not, then, important that we ask him to 
guide and direct our workr Notice, too, that Je- 
sus prayed in secret. We should erect the family 
altars, and pray with and for the family, but in ad- 
dition to this the Christian worker needs to have 
communion with God in secret. The Sunday- 
school teacher in preparing the lesson needs muoh 
secret prayer; the minister in preparing his mes- 
sage for the people should secretly ask God for 
wisdom and direction, and so in all Christian 
work. With these reflections we proceed to notice 
some of the occurrences of the day. 

I. ALL MEN WERE SEEKING FOR JE80S. 

The next morning the people continued to Hook 
to the home of Simon and Andrew as they had 
done the day before. But Jesus was not there. 
Then Simon and Andrew, and James and John, 
moved with sympathy for the people who were 
seeking him, and especially for the siok and 
maimed that were brought to the door, went in 
search of the Great Physician. When they found 
him they said, " All men seek thee." Why? Be. 
cauBe of his power to cure them of their physical 
diseases. But he has power to do more than this. 
He has power to cord the sin-Bick soul, aud all that 
come to him with a true and contrite heart, he 
will in nowise cast away. " They that seek me 
early, shall find me early." What a precious 
promise! Come, ye sin-sick souls; the Savior 
stands ready to receive you and make you whole. 
We notice, 



yet we have no evidence that Jesus was displeased 
or that punishment followed. Why? It was die- 
ters who have been preaching all their lives in one ; obedience without the malicious element. It was 
locality and to one class of people, and have little 



kers. We should not confiueour labors to <>n< 
place, or one class of people. There are miniB 



deBire to go elsewhere, or that others shall go. 
As a reason for this desire to preach in other 
towns, Jesus Bays, "For therefore came I forth." 
Luke says, " For therefore am I sent." The mean- 
ing is, he was sent from God to preach not only 
at Capernaum, but throughout Judea, and it was 
therefore improper to confine his labors to this 
place. Aud bo all ministers and teachers sent 
from God Bkould make a strong and earnest effort 
to extend their labors all over the world. The 
world is our mission field. Our commission is, 
" Go ye into all the world." We notice, 

III. THE CURING OF THE LEPER. 

Some time during Jesus' Bojourn in his new 
field of labor, a leper came to him and deBired to 
be heoled. We are not told in what city this oc- 
curred. Luke says in a certain city, most likely 
in some secluded spot, for lepers were not permit- 
ted to come in contact with the people. Jesus al- 
ways found those who needed him most, and es- 
pecially those who most felt their need of him. 
Here wos a case of this kind. The leper came be- 
seeching him, and kneeling down to him. His 
language and manner of approach, doubtleBS indi- 
cated a very deep sense of his true condition. He 
had leprosy,* one of the most loathsome diseases, 
and one of the most striking and forcible illustra- 
tions of the disease of Bin. Let us draw a few 
lessons from the actions of this leper and his die- 



suit of love rather than obstinacy and bitter- 
ness. It was done, not in disrespect to his bene- 
factor, but to bring honor to his name. Love and 
gratitude do sometimes overcome us, so that we 
fail in carrying ont the wishes of our best friends. 
A wealthy man had a poor neighbor, and in a 
time of great need, gave him money. But not 
wishing to have his charity known, except to Him 
who sees all things, he charged his neighbor to 
say nothing about what he had done for him. 
But his neighbor's gratitude and respect for hiB 
benefactor overcame him, and he told his friends 
with much satisfaction what had been done for 
When the rich man interrogated him as to 
he did not keep the secret, he said, " I hope 
all not be offended ; I could not refrain from 
g my friends what a good, kind mau you 
ore." He was not offended. It was disobedience, 
but ouly in form. Back of it was true, genuine 
love and gratitude. It was this same feeling that 
prompted this leper to publish what Jesus had 
done for him. •'• B - B - 



him. 
why 



telli 



Notes from our Correspondents. 



In response to that bit of information the diBci- 
ples attempted to give him, " All men seek thee," 
he replied, " Let us go to the next town, that I 
may preach there also." The people in Caperna- 
um and vicinity had seen his miracles aud heard 
him preach ; " now let us go elsewhere. The people 
that have seen and heard, and that are now seek- 
ing me, do not need my teaching as much as those 
that have not seen and heard." In this Jesus is an 
example to all ministers, teachers and Christian 



1, His malady rendered him unclean, and sepa- 
ated him from the people. Sin renderB us un- 
clean and separatee as from God. 
It was contagious. So is sin. 
No human agency could cure it. So with 
sin. Nothing but the Gospel of Christ applied to 
the soul can cleanse it from sin. We come to him 
through hi» Word and by obedience to it are 
cleansed. It is the fountain that is now open for 
all sin and uncleanness. 

4. The leper felt his condition and his need of 
help. So muBt the Binner. He must come to 
ChriBt in this way before the cleansing power will 
be brought to bear on his guilty soul. We notice, 

IV. THE LEPER AFTER HE WAS CLEANSED. 

In obedience to the directions of the Savior, he 
complied with the Law of Moses which required 
that a man who was healed of his leprosy should 
be pronounced clean by the priest before he could 
be admitted to the privileges of the congregation. 
Jesus, though he had cleansed him, required him 
to be obedient to the law of the land. He never 
violated any law himself nor influenced others to 
bo, unless it, in some way, came in contact with 
his great mission. Then, too, he was looking to 
the welfare and happiness of this man. Had he 
not complied with this law, ho would doubtless 
have been deprived of the association of his fel- 
lows, which would have decreased his pleasure 
and happiness. Christ never lost sight of man's 
highest good even in this life. 

We notice further that this man, though obedi- 
ent to Jesus in reference to the fulfillment of the 
law, was not obedient in all things. He was told 
not to tell any man what had been done for him, 
but he went out and began to publish it and to 
blaze it abroad. This was direct disobedience, 



*Lesson (or Jai 



♦For a description ol this disease, s 
llqulties, or most any Bible Dictionary. 



The advantages of Thomasville, Ga., are set 
forth by Bro. P. E. Wertz, and those desiring to 
move to a mild climate, will please address him as 
above. 

—Bro. William Johnson, of Conway Springs, 
Kausas, writes: "The Slate Creek congregation is 
getting along fairly. We have preaching every 
Lord's Day, and a very interesting Bible class ev- 
ery Sunday evening. The attendance at meeting 
and Bible class is good." 

—From the Indian Creek church, Iowa, Bro. 
Thos. Higg6 writes: " The church here is in love 
and union, so far asweknow. Our Sunday-school 
has closed for the winter. We still keep up our 
prayer-meeting, which is pretty well attended. 
All seem to enjoy the meeting." 

—From the Buck Creek church, Ind., Bro. I. B. 
Wike writes: " We held our council-meeting Deo. 
29. There was a considerable Bmount of business 
transacted, but everything passed off quietly. We 
decided to hold a series of meetings commencing 
about Feb. 17, and that Bro. Wm. It. Harshberger 
should conduot the meeting." 

—Our aged veteran, Eld. John Forney, writes: 
" The Chapman Creek church, Dickinson Co., 
Ivans., had a refreshing series of meetings. The 
church was greatly strengthened, and one was 
added by baptism. There is one applicant, and 
others are convinced of their duty. Bro. Solomon 
Lehmer did the preaching, and it wos good, but 
his stay was too Bhort. He only preached eleven 
sermons in eight days, and the nights were too 
dark part of the time." 

—From the Maple Glen church, Pa., Bro. J. S. 
Harshberger writes: "Heretofore the churoh 
name of our congregation, as a branch of the Elk 
Lick church, in Somerset County, was known as 
the Peck church of Elk Lick, at Savage, Pa. But 
since the Elk Lick congregation was recently di- 
vided, we, then, in special council of Dec. 29, '88, 
changed said name to that above given, which 
shall hereafter be a permanent name. Brethren 
J. N. Davis and L. A. Peck, who faithfully labor 
in the good cause of their high calling, are the 
Net-in', Biblical A,,, ministers of this oongregation. Our little band of 
co-workers consists of about fifty members." 



Jan. 15, 1880. 



THE. GOSPRL MRSSHNGER. 



1:1 



— An interesting series of meetings is in prog- 
ress at Claggetts, Mil., in the Brownsville church. 
J3ro. Geo. W. Kaetzel informs ub that the preach- 
ing is done by Bro. S. F. Sanger, of Bridge water, 
Va. " There is increased interest and marked at- 
tention on the part of all, and prospscts are good 
for an ingathering in the near future." 

— Sister Ella Long, of Oakley, Logan Co., Kan., 
while expressing her appreciation of the Messen- 
ger, writes that she would much rejoice if some 
of our ministering brethren, in traveling through, 
would stop there, and hold a few meetings. Sis- 
ter Long lives isolated from the church, and 
should be remembered, should an occasion present 
itself. 

—Bro. George Girl, of Drury, Rock Island Co., 
111., writes: " We just closed a series of meetings, 
held by Bro. Abraham Wolf. We have also dis- 
tributed those missionary copies, and believe they 
are doing good. We need more help here in this 
big scope of country, with a few scattered mem- 
bers, and others, that are overlooked by our miu- 
istry." 

— " The Millmine church, Piatt Co., 111.," writes 
Bro. Benjamin Bowman, "has had a time of re- 
freshing under the labors of our beloved brother 
D. B. Gibson, our home minister. He handled 
the Word iu a very impressive manner, forcing 
the Truth home to every attentive ear. Ten souls 
were added to the church by baptism, and one re- 
claimed. Others are seriously considering." 

—Sister Priscilla E. Garber, of Mt. Sidney, Va., 
after having spent some time at one of the Breth- 
ren's schools, in a late letter desires to impress all 
with the importance of the educational work of 
the church. While the benefits from a proper 
application of knowledge are inestimable, yet we 
should watch that the moral qualities are devel- 
oped in unison with intellectual acquirements. 

— Good news reaches us from the Portage 
church, Wood Co., Ohio. Bro. J . C. Witmore 
writes: " Our church has had a time of refreshing 
by the earnest labors of our beloved brother, Da- 
vid Lytle, of Spitzer, Ohio. He came to us Dec. 
15, and remained until the 25th. He forced the 
truth home to every attentive ear. One precious 
soul believed and was baptized, and others are 
thinking seriously of their condition." 

— Information is desired by Bro. Geo. March- 
and, regarding the following: " The Brethren at 
St. Mary's, Kane., have understood that a brother 
has established himself in the neighborhood of 
Maple Hill, Wabaunsee Co., Kans., or in the 
neighborhood of Valencia, Shawnee Co., Kans., 
and, not knowing his name, can not find him. 
Any information from him, or somebody else 
knowing his name, will be thankfully received by 
the Brethren. Address the writer or any other 
of the Brethren at St. Mary's, Pottawatomie Co., 
Kans." 

— A few words of admonition from Bro. Spencer 
S. Beaver, of McAllisterville, Pa., are as follows: 
" God is in earnest with you, and why should you 
not be so with him V In his commands, his threat- 
enings, his promises, he means as he speaks. In 
his judgments he is serious. Was he not so when 
he drowned the world, when he consumed Sodom 
«ud Gomori-p. 1 ^, and when he sceftered the Jews? 
Jet'sus Christ was sa»"" as in purchasing our re- 
demption: In ifttuhing he neglected his meat and 
clrinlL £h prayer he continued all night. In do- 
ing good, his friends thought him beside himself. 
In suffering, he fasted forty days, was tempted, 
betrayed, spit upon, buffeted, crowned with thorns. 
His sweat was as great drops of blood. He was 
crucified, pierced and he died. There was no 
jesting in all this, and should we not be serious 
in seeking our own salvation? " 



—Sister Catharine Eisenbise, of Morrill, Kaus., 
wishes to extend her heart-felt thanks to her mnuy 
friends for the kind letters of condolence. She 
writes: " While we deeply mourn the los9 of 
daughter, — the only one we had,— yet we are glad 
that so many, who have been similarly atllicted, 
have all pointed us to the same God that comfort- 
ed them in time of trouble. Looking heavenward 
by an eye of faith, we may see the golden sun 
shine of a Father's love, behind the dark cloud of 
allliction. Let us forget the dark shadows of 
earth and press onward to the mansions of light! " 

— Bro. E. C. Neil, who resides near Moutigue, 
Montague Co., Texas, writes of his isolated condi- 
tion, living, as he does, thirty miles from the 
nearest church. He sayB: *' Under Buoh circum- 
stances the Messenger is doubly precious to us. 
While some refuse to take it on account of its po- 
sition on the tobacco question, I am glad that it 
does talk againBt suca a great evil. Having been 
a slave of tobacco m\ self, in years gone by, and 
kuowing the bondage of bo cruel a master, I say, 
'Brethren, let all quit the U3e of the weed, and 
give your tobacco money to the Ljrd. A clear 
conscience aud good health will be your reward.' " 

— From the Woodbury congregation, Bedford 
Co., Pa., Bro. H. P. Brinkworth writes: "Dec. 5, 
Bro. John Flory, of Bridgewater, Va., came to the 
Woodbury congregation, Pa., preaching each ev- 
ening, and sometimes mornings, a series of dis- 
couraes, both instructive and edifying to the 
church. His counsels to the church here, on the 
subjects of unity, non-resistrnce, etc., were appre- 
ciated by the true follower of Christ. The church 
is being built up. May we not only hear, but 
heed the advice and walk in union, being of th 
same mind, speaking the same thing. Unles 
such be the case, assent of the mind on receipt of 
the doctrineB will avail nothing. May we be wise 
unto salvation! Two, thus far, have signified their 
willingneEs to forsake sin and serve Christ. Bro. 
Flory goes from here to the New Enterprise con- 
gregation. May the bleseings of heaven follow 
his labors!" 

—From Marsh Creek church, Pa., Bro. B. F. 
Kittinger, under date of Dec. 18, writes: "I am 
gratified to report that we have been favored with 
the presence and assistance of brethren from 
abroad, recently. Bro. T. J. Kolb arrived Dec, 8, 
and left for hie home and friends on the 17th. 
Bro. D. Bonsacks arrived Dee. 15, and will remain 
until the 21st. Bro. J. C. Lahman also' labored 
for us IaBt Sunday, at two appointments. The un- 
tiring efforts of these brethren, in reminding us of 
the necessity of constant perseverance in order to 
maintain our Christian fidelity, were highly ap- 
preciated, and we fondly hope that at no distant 
day we may enjoy the pleasure of seeing the ben- 
efits of these labors, in the return of precious 
souls. Our hearts have been gladdened in read- 
ing of the progress and success of the mission 
work. Let there be a universal response to the 
appeals for aid, that the cause may suffer no 
abatement!" 

— Bro. George Hanawalt, oE Boucher, Pa., 
writes: " Recently a colored brother, Wm. Beer, 
has been elected to the ministry within the limits 
of the Ligonier Valley congregation. He is to 
preach more especially to the colored brethren 
and friends in that vicinity and elsewhere. He is 
well fitted for the responsible work before him, 
having had some experience as a minister in the 
denomination with which he waB formerly identi- 
fied. With a little help he will be able to do a 
good work. The Brethren here are not able to 
help him much, bb they are erecting two meeting- 
houses, which will be a heavy burden on those 
desiring to complete them. One of the houses, 
though not finished, has been occupied for about 



fifteen mouths, and forty accessions by baptism 
have been the results of the efforts put forth at 
that place. It will require about §100 to finish 
the house, and as to the furnishing of it, we hard- 
ly know, where we are to get the means, but put 
our trust iu the Lord, who will surely open a way, 
whereby we may be able to accomplish the work 
undertaken." 



CORRESPONDENCE. 



Lniid Atlvc 1-tist.mi'his ii 



From Cross Roads Church, Va. 

Bito. MonLEii'a meetings at Cross Roads worn 
held from Nov. 13 to 20. Thoy prov.nl beneficial 
to all. The Lord was in our midst in power and 
demonstration of the Spirit. The Lord blossod 
the efforts in the conversion of three soul s, and 
we closed with others near Christ. Bro. MoMer 
spoke with energy aud power. Bro. Lint also, 
quite recently, held a series of meetings at this 
place which terminated iu the conversion of six 

souls. Joseph tt. Cook. 

Home Again. 

Having failed in my first arrangement to meet 

will, the Cold Water church, Butler Co., Iowa, 
Oot. 13, 1 deferred the visit until Dec. 8, and ac- 
cordingly left homo on the morning of the above 
date. I arrived at Greene at 4 P. M , but imme- 
diately upon my arrival I was informed that the 
town authorities had quarantined the town on ac- 
count of several cases of diphtheria, and that the 
houses of worship could not bo opened. 'I'll" 
Brethren's meeting-house being in town, tbey 
were deprived of ils use as long as those restric- 
tions were in force. This greatly perplexed the 
Brethren. Bro. Wm. Workmau and daughter, 
Bister Heckman, of Eden Valley, Kans., having 
arrived the same hour on another traiD, to enjoy 
tlie meetings at Greene, at once proposed that I 
go to the Rock Grove church where he {Bio. 
Workman) resides, and hold some meetings there. 
This being at once agreed upon, we boarded the 
next train aud found ourselves at Bro. Workman's 
comfortable home by 3 A. M. 

We commenced our meetings on Snnday even- 
ing with a fair attendance, and continued one 
week. We had nine appointments, with a grow- 
ing attendance and intorest, but, as is too frequent- 
ly the case, when brethren limit their time when 
they leave home, we discontinued the meetings 
just at a point when they should ha\o been con- 
tinued. While there were no accession?, yet the 
remnant of faithful ones, we believe, were encour- 
aged. 

This church is one of the pioneer churches of 
Northern Iowa, aud at one time had a flourishing 
membership, but, through the destructive influ- 
ence of unfaithful and false brethren, the church 
has become almost disorganized, emigration, of 
mrse, doing its share. The remnant that re- 
ains are yet active and zealous, which is, in part, 
evidenced by the now meeting-house just erected 
by the aid of the Church Erection Committee. 
The house is 30x40 feet, and located at the edge 
of Nora Springs, a town on the trunk line of C. 
M. & St. P. K. R., and near its junction with the 
B. C. R. & N. Ministering brethren traveling 
through there will be welcome to Btop at any time, 
as they have no resident minister, but are sup- 
plied with preaching maiuly by the brethren of 
the Cold Water church. Some ministering breth- 



I 1 



THR GOSPEL MESSENGER. 



Jan. 15, 1880. 



ren, 



sound in olmracler as well ob faitb, wanting 
to change location, m»y do well to correspond 
with brethren W V. oilucan nud Geo. Noah. 

Dec. 13, I, with a number of others, was invited 
to the home of Bro. Noah, to attend tho wedding 
of his daughter Mary to J. W. Baughey. I hope 
they will remember that ti ue happiness and suc- 
cess, eveu in tho matrimonial relation, is depend- 
ent upon a reconciliation with God. 

On Monday, Dec. 1(1, I left the Rook Grove 
church for the Cold Water church, in company 
with .J. F. Eikenbevry, its older. 1 was conveyed 
as fai as Rockford by Bro. D. Jonkius, formerly 
of Milledgevillc church, Carroll Co., 111. 1 en- 
joyed part of the day with his pleasant family, aft- 
er which I again boarded the train for Greene, 
whore I commenced meetings the same evening in 
a country school-houso. After tho second meet- 
ing, the Brethren wore allowed to use their house 
in town, which was a source of joy to all, as quite 
a number of the members live in town, and had 
not the means of conveyance to go elsewhere. 

I enjoyed, in all, seventeen meetings at this 
place, and felt, like Paul iu Rom. 1 : 12, that speak- 
er and hearers shared the benefit mutually. The 
attendance and interest at all these meetings were 
all that could be be expected. I was made to feel 
during my intercourse, both in public and private, 
with tho Lord's people at Cold Water, that among 
them were mi ny hearts intensely throbbing for a 
higher standard of Christian holiness, and my 
prayer is that the name "Cold Water" maybe 
made significant at Greene by the pure water of 
Life being dealt out abundantly to the thirsty 
souls. 

On Christmas Day the ohuroh was greatly re- 
joiced by the return to the fold of two who could 
find no more joy out in a cold world; and a few 
evenings later two young siBters roBe to their feet, 
as au indication that they, too, wanted to unite with 
God's people by a chauge of relation, as well as by 
a change of heart. The impression was general 
that a number more were near the kingdom. 

The unmerited kiudneBs of the loved ones at 
Cold Water and Rock Grove will not bo forgotten 
Time would not permit me to visit all. Dec. 28 I 
boarded the train for home, where I arrived Bafe. 
ly Saturday morning, Deo. 2!), and found all well. 
Thanks be to the Giver of all good for his mercy 
D. B. Eby. 



A Busy Life Ended. 

Sibteh Mahy McClain, wife of Win. McClain, 
died at her home near Amelia, Iowa, Dec. 11, 1888. 
Sister McClain was not confined to her bad un- 
til the evening before the day of her death. She 
suffered considerably during the night and the 
following day until about 2 o'clock, whe-n she 
peacefully and quietly "fell aBleep." The absent 
memb ii of the family were sent for, and five 
responded by bf ing present at tin- funeral, whioh 
took pines at the Brethren's chur'oh two miles 
Boutb-west of Aurelia, at 11 A. M, Dec. 16th, 
1883. Eld. John Early, assisted by Eld. S. T. 
Grove, conducted the funeral, preaching the ser- 
mon from 2 Tim. 4:(i-8. 

The deceased was born at Masontown, Fayette 
Co., Pa., Feb. Kith, 1829, coding her life at the 
age of 59 years, nine months and twenty-eight 
dayB. 

Her mother died when she was quite young. 
She lived with her father, Eld. James Kelso and 
step-mother, until the age of eighteen, when she 
was united in marriage to Wm. McClain, March 
11th, 1847, by Eld. James Quinter, who also bap- 
tized them the same year. 

She has been a consistent member of the Breth- 
ren church for the last forty-one years of her life. 
She was a true and devoted Christian. 



With her husband and family she lived in her j and family from Kansas, Bro. Wade and fimily, 

lative State for seventeen years. Leaving in the 

pring of 1854, she came to Gieenfield, Ross Co., 
Ohio. After remaining one year, she returned to 
Pennsylvania, where she resided leu years longer, 
then, with the family of nine, moved to Wy- 
Bnelte, Bureau Co., Illinois, where she remained 
three years. From this place, with a family of 
ten, she aime, in the fall of 18(17, to Traer, Tama 
Co., Iowa. She lived at Baker's Grove for about 
twenty-two years. At this place she was well 
known, and had many friends. She was always 
ready to help those who needed help, and will 
long be remembered by those around Baker's 
Grove. From this place eho moved with a rem- 
nant of tho family,— her husband and three sons, 
—to Aurelia, Cherokee Co., Iowa. To her care 
God intrusted ten tons and five daughters. 

Sister McClain enjoyed good health until the 
last twenty-five years of her life. Her father 
lived to be eighty years old. 

Her visits among her children, it was hoped, 
would result iu permanent good, but it seemed that 
notldng would restore her shattered health. 

Sister McClain had always prayed that all of 
her children might become followers of the Savior. 
It is so with a number, yet it is to be hoped that 
all will so live as to meet their mother on the 
other Bhore. 

Our hearts sink within us when we consider 

tho thousands of steps she took,— all for her fami- 
ly! Her last words, "Omy dear children," will 

bo remembered and treasured by us all! 
Real goodness does not attach itself merely to 

this world; it points to another. A conscience 

void of offense before God and man is an inherit- 
ance for eternity, and religion is an indispensa- 
ble element in any noble human character, for it 

is the tie that connects one with the Croator. As 

theBe elements were characteristic of our mother, 

we feel safe in treasuring them in grateful 

remembrance of her. 
Our mother erected a monument that will stand 

forever. That monument was formed by noble 

deeds. 

There is an aching void that can never be filled; 

for God gave us but one mother. She leaves an 

affectionate husband aud a loving family of twelve 

children, besides many other relatives, to mourn 

their Iosb. 
After the wounded hearts have been healed, 

there will exist that lingering, loving memory of 

a kind, gentle, Christian mother! 
Her beautiful eyes are closed to this woild 

of sorrow. Those care-worn feet are still; these 

caressing hands of love are lying peacefully on 

her breast. J. H, 

From Pleasant Home, Oregon. 



Ohio, who came during last year, are zealous 
workers, and know by seeing, what it takes to 
carry on the good work i a the West. We welcome 
all such to our midst, and hope the Lord will send 
many mere such to forward the work of the Gos- 
pel in Oregon. Satan is steadily at work, induc- 
ing the people to disregard the Gospel. God's 
holy day is spent in revelry. May God help us, 
anrl make us Ynore like unto himself! May the 
good seed, already sown, bring forth a hundred- 
fold! Jennie A. Stephens. 

From Kingwood, Pa. 

Tut: writer, and the brethren aud sisters of the 
Mt. Jacob's church, Middle Creek congregation, 
decided to hold a protracted meeting, so we called 
Bro. Daniel H. Walker, of Somerset, to our assist- 
ance. 

Bro. Walker came aud remained with us from 
Dec. 15 to 23. He held forth the Word to the 
satisfaction of all, and to the upbuilding of us 
all in " that faith which was once delivered to the 
saints." There were no additions, but one was re- 
claimed. Tears were seen to flow, and bosoms to 
heave, under the Gospel truths presented, but they 
deferred their coming. AVhen Bro. Walker ex- 
tended his hand to bid us adieu, it was seized 
with that cordial greeting experienced only by 
hearts bound by spiritual ties. 

At our regular appointment, Dec. 30, one made 
the good choice, and requested to be received 
without delay. We, therefore, gathered at our 
usual place for administering baptism, and a be- 
loved sister was received into the fold. 

So we see that Paul may plant and Apollos may 



There were 
progress in our 
ait so distant aa 
.tion is large, — 
d several school- 



's privilege to meet in council 
ml sisters in this arm of the 
All business was disposed of 



It wub the writ 
with the brethren 
church iu October, 
in a satisfactory m 

Our dear elder Bashor and wife, of Marion 
Co., were present on the occasion. He spared not 
to administer the whole counsel of God, and we 
were built up in the work of the Lord. We have 
had some unpleasantness, but we now rejoice, in 
believing that all is past. Forgetting the things 
that are past, we are reaching foiward to things 
to come. One young sist 
number by letter. Four letters were given to 
those moving away from our midst. We were 
loath to give the parting hand and say, "Farewell," 
but we must submit, believing it is all for the 
best. May the good Lord richly reward his ef- 
forts in his new field of labor, is oor prayer] 

We are glad to see dear Brethren coming to our 
congregation from the East. Bro, Henry Royer 



water, but God gives the ioci 
two other series of meetings i 
congregation at the same time, 
not to interfere. Our congn 
there are nine meeting-houses, 
houses at which regular meetings are held. We 
have only one house for holding communion, and, 
as our membership is large and somewhat scat- 
tered, a division into two congregations has been 
in contemplation. S. W. Lowui. 

Notes by the Way.— Concluded, 

On my return from the Eastern Shore of Mary- 
land, we enjoyed the privilege of meeting with, 
and preaching for, the Brethren of the Black 
Rock congregation, also the Upper Conewoga 
congregation. The former has a meeting-house 
at a place known as Bucher's or Beaver Creek:, 
the latter has erected a large commodious brick 
meeting-house since our last visit; also several 
other houses of worship. Eld. Adam Brown is in 
charge, assisted by Jacob Lerew, Peter Brown, 
and a good corps of helpers. With the former 
church we are not so welt acquainted. 

After speuding a short time here, we visited 
York, where wo held service twice in the City, in 
the bounds of the Codoras congregation. Here,, 
in the City, we find a substantial, neat brick meet- 
ing-house, with a membership of about forty or 
fifty. The afevdauce was small at the morning 
service, owing'o the i«an .'n the evening a large 
aud attentive congregation was present ffk-Ier. 1 . 
a pressing invitation to remain, but our tirue 
wouhl not permit. Eld. Jacob ^Jiambarger b-as 
charge, with brethren Altland, Aldinger, Correll, 
Miller and others. The larger portion of the con- 
gregation is living in the country. We, then, in 
company with our cousin, Eld. C. L. Pfoutz and 
wife, returned to Gettysburg, Marsh Creek congre- 
gation, where we visited near fiiends, and held 
meetings twice. They were having meetings at 
other points by brethren Kolb and Bonsack. We 



THE. GOSPEL MESSENGER. 



stopped over night with sisb-r Joseph Sherfy, 
whoso husband labored much in the ministry, but 
haB passed <>y<t to Lis reward since the war. The 
place was formerly known as Sberfy's peach 
orchard, and, during war lime, was the contested 
ground of the second day's fight of the battle of 
Gettysburg. Many are the markings on the brick 
walls of the house, by ball and shell having pene- 
trated through its walls. One of eight or ten 
pounds is still lying embedded in an old cherry 
tree quite near the house. The barn was burned, 
and fences destroyed. Two large monuments 
Btand at the corner of the dcor-ynrd, telling the 
tale of that terrible strife. 

On our return to Abbottstown we took a trip 
to Lancaster City. Bro. Lyon having recently 
located in the City, will labor, with others, to 
build up the church aud cause. There are only 
about forty members in the city. They have a 
house of worship, — a wood structure, — and they 
now feel more encouraged, since, with the coming 
of Bro. Lyon, they can convene often, — an absolute 
requisite to insure success in a place like Lan- 
caster. Once in two or five weeks is too far 
apart. The membership, as at York, is quite 
large in the country. We had two seasone. of 
worship, with fair attendance on so short a notice, 
and enjoyed the kindness of tbe brethren very 
much. 

Our trip and visit among the churches has been 
pleasant, though much too short to accomplish 
the good that we would havedesired. Others who 
requested a visit, had to be passed by. Our time 
being so short, we did the best we could under 
the circumstances. 

The missionary cause, es I notice, iu my travels, 
has not generally received the consideration it 
deserves. Many have taken little interest and do 
not understand the plan, prepared with so much 
care, and recommended by our Annual Conference 
to the churches, A more general co-operation 
with the work recommended by our Annual Meet- 
ing, as well as other Gospel principles, would bind 
us together as one common Brotherhood. There 
would be less tendency to Congregationalism iu any 
of its forms. The present plan is certainly desira- 
ble, Bince each District and also each church, has 
the right of representation. Brethren, let us all 
feel we have one common interest for the good of 
Zion, in laboring together for the spreading of the 
Gospel and growth of the church, here on earth, 
by bringing sinners to Christ, and maintaining the 
integrity of the church upon all vital principles. 
This can only be done by all working to the same 
end. Oos. C. Lahman. 



To the Young Brethren and Sisters of Panther, 
Panora, and Dallas churches, la.. Greeting: — 
Tod have lately entered upon a new epoch 
of time — a new year. You no doubt formed reso- 
lutions, among which I trust we find something 
like the following: " By the grace of God, I will 
be an attendant at all the regular' church services 
of this new year." This is resolution" in plac^, 
bscauBe it is good to be where the Gospel is 
preached, even though the motive* which prompt 
such attendance, at times, be not'i.he most com- 
mendable. I have read somewhere of one going 
to a place of worship for the purpose of stealing, 
and while there, the Spirit stole his way into the 
thief's heart, and he was brought to the Lord. It 
was good for that one to attend worship, even 
though his motives were of the basest and vilest 
character. As the soldier who goes into the bat- 
tle is likely to be hit by a bullet, so he who goe3 
to places where the Gospel arrows fly thick and 
fast, may have one pierce his heart. Being where 
the truth is preached, one may hear; and "faith 



cometh by hearing, and heaving by the Word of 

God.'' But while it iB good to come to the house 
of God, prompted even by low motives, it is better 
to come aright. To do so, requires preparation, 
preparation of mind and heart. When we recall 
the engagements of the week, and remember in 
whose name we meet on "the Lord's Day," aud 
whom we profess to worship, no one will feel fit 
to enter without being cleansed. Traveliug over 
a road so miry for six days, who daro come to God 
without being washed? 

With pleasure do I recall the seasons of worship 
during which the Spirit touched your heart?, and 
you resolved to consecrate yourselves to the serv- 
ice of the Master; and iu imagination I see you 
sitting in the congregation, clothed in your bright- 
est and best raiment. I suggest that you be care- 
ful that this putting on of raiment degenerate not 
into "dressing to be seen," rather than to rever- 
ence God, and show respect to the assembly of his 
house. Let all come attired in apparel hot li neat 
and modest, becoming tbe children of God; the 
sisters wearing the proper prayer- cove ring, and 
the brethren wearing their hair as becomelh 
young men professing godliness. 

JameB, in speaking of the preparation necessary 
before coming to the sanctuary, says, " Wherefore 
lay apart all filthinoss and superfluity of naughti- 
ness." James 1: 21. While I am not concerned 
about your personal cleanliness, I have a great 
concern to have you como to the place of worship 
cleau of filthinesB of sin spoken of by the apostle. 
Filth is offensive to all, especially to the child of 
God. A patch if it be clean, does not make the 
presence of the wearer objectionable, but to Bit 
next to one. who is bodily filthy, ia not desirable. 
If bodily filth is so loathsome to the child of God, 
how must a pure and holy God look upon that 
professor who comes to the sanctuary with hie 
mind and heart soiled with the filth of sin? Ex- 
perience proves that sinful thoughts and affec- 
tions are ever ready to crowd themselves upon our 
time for devotion. The apostle would have us 
dismiss those when we go to hear the Word of 
God. We should adopt the language of the post, 
"Vain world be gone!" A failure on our part to 
lay these apart, disqualifies us to hear the Word of 
God. The case of the sea captain, who attended 
services on Sunday before his ship sailed on a 
whaling expedition illustrates this. Coming up at 
the close of the meeting to bid the minister fare- 
well, he said, "Your sermon did me no good to-day." 
The reason being demanded by the minister, he re- 
plied, " My ship sails to-morrow on a whaling ex- 
pedition, and all the time you were preaching I 
was thinking about finding large whales. How 
true that the sermon did him no good! The whale 
before the door of his heart rendered it impossi- 
ble for the Word of God to enter. The same is 
true in other walks of life. The farmer who comes 
to meeting, having his mind occupied with fine 
horses or thoroughbred cattle, must not expect 
much good from the sermon. The sisters who, on 
their return from church, prove by their conversa- 
tion, that their minds were more intent upon new 
bonnets, new dresses and ribbons, tbau upon the 
sermon, should remember that although these are 
not bo large as whales, they are equally disastrous 
in their results. The same is true of those who 
continue to be slaves to the filthy habit of using 
tobacco. So strong does the appetite grow that 
I have known victims of the habit to wish the min- 
ister would not preach so long, that they might 
the sooner have an opportunity to gratify their 
appetite. The presence of such thoughts and de- 
sires renders the worshipsr filthy before God, and 
disqualifies him to hear the Word to profit. The 
use of tobacco should be laid aside, not only 
when we go to the Lord's house, but wherever we 
go. It ie useless every-where, and I trust I shall 



the dear' 
victims to 
Heavenly 
world and 
o place of 
it effort to 
It is be- 

attain to 

attention 
nee. The 
you in all 
so of holi- 
you have 

Roy Ell. 



never be obliged to know that any of 

brethren, 1 inn addressing, have fallen 
its iurlueneee. As children of your 
Father, form the habit of dismissing the 
worldly engagements, when you go to Hi 
worship. It requires time and persistei 
acquire such habit; but it may be done, 
cause time and effort are required to 
such a mastery of Belf, that I call jour 
to it so early in your Christian experie 
Lord assist you and abundantly bless 
your efforts to attain to a greater degr 
ness during the new year upon which 
entered! J. G. 

Messages Dropped by tho Way. 



A New Proposition. — Recently a brother, away 
out iu a distaut part of the field of my work, pro- 
posed a now plan for raising an enormous mis- 
sionary fund in a way so easy that scarcely a 
family in all the land could fail to share in a 
work of bo great a magnitude. So feasible is the 
plan, that it seems to solve a mystery of a seeming 
contradiction between the divine law and Provi- 
dence. Tho plan is, that we donate to the Lord 
all the poultry-op g4 produced on Lord's Day. 
Those families wlnolihave no poultry, are to give to 
the cause what otherwise would have been spent for 
the use of that luxury during that day of the 
week. 

Now let that brother be notified by this issue 
that his proposition is accepted, and he is expect- 
ed to begin on tho first Lord's Day in 1889. Who 
will be next to respond? There are many, very 
many, who are not able to Bharo in tho $10.00 
Shoemaker proposition, that arc here afforded an 
opportunity to share in one that will far exceed 
the other in worth per year. Let us oall it "The 
Lord's Manna Proposition." It may seoui to some 
to be a source of a small income, but when wo hear 
the annual reports of the poultry-ogg trade in 
commerce, we are startled at the immensity of 
that trade. I believe if this system were worked 
up with the energy and tho facilities that our En- 
dowment system is, it would equal, if not surpass 
it, from the fact, first, that it is not the wealthy 
that endow most, and, secondly, because nearly, 
if not quite all, are able to give to thit>. Even 
emigrant families, detained on tho highways for 
a sp;co of a few weeks, find economy in procur- 
ing poultry, the eggs of which are exchanged at the 
nearest markets for other articles in trade, When 
a tenant's house is to be located on the farm, 
the first question is, "How far mast hie poul- 
try yard be from ours?" It is, then, quite prob- 
able that the tenant or servant, also, who has a 
warm heart for the missionary cause, may feel 
like refraining from this luxury, the "manna" that 
falls on the Lord's Day. He will feel glad that 
he, too, is able to cont ribufce so easily to that which 
fc ie to be " more than all that they cast into the 
treasury." Mark 12:43. Then let each one who 
will donate respond through the Messenger, and 
thereby encourage the work. Let all send up Hie 
result produced, quarterly, and then we may ex- 
pect a report from our Secretary at proper times- 
C. C. Root. 

Forgiveness. — "How oft shall my brother sin 
against me, and I forgive him? Till seven times?" 
said Peter to the great Teacher. The answer was 
in these words: "I eay not unto thee, until seven 
times, but until seventy timea seven." This 
was followed by a parable to enforce the duty of 
forgiveness, no matter' how frequently the occa- 
sion for it may occur. If we expect to be for- 
given by God, we mast forgive one another. 
The unforgiving temper and true piety can never 
dwell together in the same heart, 



m 



THB GOSPEL MESSENGER. 



Jan. 15, 1839. 



Missionary and Tract Work Department. 



Organization of Missionary Committee. 



DANittt Vaniman, Forcmnn, 
I). L. Mai in, Secretary anuTre 
C. B. Rover., Assistant Secrctar 



\ Irden, m. 

Mt. Morris, III. 
- Ml. Morris, 111. 



Organization of Book and Tract Work. 



S. W. Hoover, Foreman, 

s. Bock, Secretory rind 'I reuurc 



Dayton, Obi 
Dnyton, Ohi 



£"-, All tlonnlioii'. inUiuk-d for Missionary Work bhould be 
Gent lo I). L. MiU.BR, Ml. Morris, III. 

\n money for Tract Work should be sent lo S. Boi k, 
Davton, Ohio, 

gy Money lriny be sent by Money Order, Registered Let- 
ter, 01 Drafts on New 1 or! or Chicago. Do nol send person- 
..i i lv 1 1. , or drafts on Interior towns, n* ii costs aj cents to 

Collect lli.'in. 

jy* Solicitor* nrc requested to faithfully carry out the plan 
of Annual Meeting, that all our members be solicited to con- 
tribute »i least twice a year for the Mission and Tract Work ol 
tlu.- Church. 

63^Notes for the Endowment Fund can be had by writing 
la the Secretory of either Work. 



Read the Treasurer's report carefully, and if 
you note an error, inform him by return mail, bo 
that tho necessary correction bo made. 

BllO. JAOOB Witmohe will remain in the Cali- 
i form a mission field for some time. Since leaving 
home, iu December, lie has baptized thirteen. 
May the Lord continue to bleBs hie work! 

Somk of our brethren write that they would like 
to see another eil'ort made in St, Louis, The An- 
nual Meeting has ordered tho meeting-house there 
to be sold, and the money turned over to the Gen- 
eral Committee. This action would have to be 
reconsidered before another trial could be made 
in mission work in that city. 

SEVERAL calls for help to build meeting-houses 
came to hand the day after the Missionary Com- 
mittee adjourned, and must therefore lay over no- 
til the next meeting, April 2, It should be re- 
membered that the Committee meets regularly 
four times each year, on the first Tuesday in Jan- 
nary, April, July and October. Special meetings 
are generally held at the lime of our Annual Con 
ference. Those having business with the Commit 
tee should make a note of the dates for meeting 
and be sure and have their request sent to the* 
Secretary in time for the meetings. A failure to 
do this, db iu the above cases, causes vexatious de- 
lays, for which the General Committee is in no 
way responsible. 

MISSIONARY REPORT. 

Money received for quarter ending ]>ec. 31, 'SS. 

D. S. McDanuel, Elliott, la $ 3 00 

North Manchester church, Ind 11 00 

Tobias Kimmel, Elderton, Pa 10 00 

Church of Southern California 12 00 

J. H. Richard, Maitland, Pa 3 51 

State Center church, la 1 45 

Unknown C 00 

Anna Glotfelty, Liberty ville, Ja 10 00 

Anna Lane, Stiabane, Pa 1 00 

M. J. Bail, Strabane, Pa 1 00 

8. W. Bail and wife, Strabane, Pa 2 00 I Two sisters near Welty church, Pa 



Dani 1 Barrick, Elida, III 

John Lohrnan, Cameron, Mo 

Sarah A. Wilson, Mt. Carmel, O 

Tippecanoe church, Ind 

Juniata church, Nebr 

R 11. & M. E. Bandy, Lawrenceburg, Mo. 
North Manchester (Ind.) social meeting. . 
i'le-asant Valley church, la., per H. Keller. 
Kairview church, la., per J. P. Jenning . . 

A sister from Ludlow 

Leah Raplogle, Maria, Pa 

Leah Miller, Tyrone, Pa 

Eld. Geo. Schrock, Berlin, Pa 

ida Harris, Mt Morris, III 

Loveland, Colo 

Daniel Leedy, Hygiene, Colo 

Wooster church, O 

Green Spring church, O 

A brother, North Coventry, Pa 

Clara E. Horn (deceased), RoBeville, O .. 

Duncansville church, Pa 

Johnstown cor^regation, Pa 

J. E. Gnagey, Accident, Md 

Matt. 28: 19 

Lydia A. Shireman, Mineral City, Ind. Ter. 

Fred Yarst, Watson, Mo 

Cimarron Valley church, Ind. Ter 

Isaac Hendricks, Virden, 111 

Geo. Renner, Latah, Wash. Ter 

John Kiosey, Freemont, Ind 

Jos. M. Keeuy 

Samuel Huffman 

A. J. and Geo M. Kreps 

J. Speilmau 

A Bitter, New Lebanon, O 

Henry L. Harsbbarger 

Isaac Book 

Wakenda church, Mo 

Job. M. Keeny, Port AllegHiiy, Pa 

Jacob B. Kime, Shore, Ind 

Ella Williams, Funkstown, Md 

Honey Greek church, Mo 

Seneca church, O 

J. S. Gabel, Lincoln, Nebr 

David Barrick, Elida, 111 

A brother and sister, Baltimore City, Md. 

Sarah Barns, Leip&ic, O 

A sister, Thanksgiving offering 

Geo. Girl, Drury, HI 

Knob Creek church, Tenu 

Middle District of Indiana 

Mineral Creek church, Mo 

Lizzie Barndollar, Pa 

John S. Harshberger, Pa 

L. W. Riley, Tropico, Cal 

Avoy A. Wolf, 

John Wolf, 

Mrs. L. W.Riley, " 

Clara B. Riley, " " 

Mrs. J. Wolfe, " " 

Eva Wolfe, 

Mrs. A. P. Simpsou, " f , OI , , 

A. P. Simpson, " „ ( 12iots. each 

Elijah Horn, Eo B eville, O 

Eliza Gray, Grantsville, Mel 

Margaret Ennoking, Brnnersburgh, O. . . . 

Levi Stump, Nevada, Mo 

Rome church, O 

Washington church, Kans 

Moses Walker, Boone, Pa 

J. N. Baker, Jagger, O 

B. B. Baker, Jagger, O 

Botetourt church, Ya 

A. Fouine, Caney, Kans 

Southern District of Kansas 

John Gabel and wife, la 

Mary J. Bnose, Homeworth, O 

Grand Prairie church, Nebr 

Koine church, O . 



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1 50 

2 80 
2 50 

10 
5 00 
5 00 
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50 
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25 

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5 00 

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8 50 

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200 00 

5 CO 

13 00 

10 00 

5 00 

50 

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1 35 

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12 50 

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4 75 

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5 00 

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4 30 

4 00 

3 00 

1 70 

5 50 

4 00 

2 05 
2 00 
1 50 

11 00 

1 00 

2 05 
1 00 
1 00 

6 00 
4 23 

3 00 



S. Kuhn, Naperville, III 

Samuel Horner and wife, Nickersou, Ka 

John Forney, Abilene, Kans 

A friend, Huntingdon, Pa 

A Bister, Kans 

Cimarron church, Ind. Ter 

Sugar Creek ehutch, O 

Mohican church, N. E. Ohio 

Danville church, N. E. Ohio 

Chippewa church, N. E. Ohio 

Israel Gilbert, Servia, Ind 

Rosa Gilbert, " " 



Lizzie Gilbert, " " 

Hiram Ptinehart, " " 

Mary Gilbert, " " 

Jas. Z. Gilbert, " " 

Jos. Blocher, Wabash, Ind 

Wm. Grow, Wabash, Ind 

Bro. Kessler, Urbana, Ind 

Bro. MyeiB, Urbana, Ind 

Lick Creek church, O 

Levi Simmons, Carrolltowu, O 

B. C. Moomaw, Green Forest, Va 

Blue River church, Ind 

Elkhart church, Ind 

David Bright, Circleville, Kans 

Altoona church, Pa 

Weeping Water church, Nebr 

Logan church, O 

Lower Miami church, O 

Newton church, O 

Chapman Creek church, Kans 

Eastern District of Pennsylvania 

Geo. Browser, Badens, 111 

Children's Mission, Thanksgiving 

Western District of Maryland, Broadford- 

ing church 

North Beatrice church, Nebr 

Ru6sel church, Kans 

John Holsinger, Six Roads, Pa 

Lydia Leedy, Huntington, Ind 

Jaincy Harshbarger, West Milton, O 

Southern District of Kansas 

Isaac Toms, Cairo, la 

Mrs. Mary Wilson, Belle Plaine, la 

Howard church, Ind 

English River church, la 

Z. Leatherman, Canton, Mo 

F. C. Cunningham, Ottawa, Kans 

H. J. Kurtz, Wornielsdorf, Pa 

Northern District "of Illinois 

Matthew H. Kelly, Elderton, Pa 

E. N., Welsh Run, Pa 

Southern District of Illinois 

Martha Sutter, Franklin Grove, 111 

Interest on Endowment Notes 



2 00 
2 00 
5 00 
2 00 
1 00 

1 10 
8 00 

2 11 
1 00 

17 30 
50 

25 
50 
1 00 
1 00 
25 
50 
50 
50 ■ 

12 00' 

1 80' 
5 00' 

13 00' 

7 50' 

2 00' 

8 02- 
(i 70' 

21 00' 
28 70' 

3 50' 

1 10 
49 00' 

3 00 

2 11 



2 (15 

10 00 

G 00 

40' 

2 50 
25 

5 00' 

3 00' 
8 60' 

20- 

1 50' 
50' 

111 43 
10 00' 

2 00' 
28 6G 

5 00 
663 07 



EXPENDITURES. 

Jas. S. Buckley, mission work in Texas. . . 
Breth. Pub. Co., Record Book for Endow- 
ment Notes 

A. M. Dickey, expenses Endowment Fund 

John Wise, mission work in Texas 

T. J. Nair, meeting-house at Farwell, Tex. 
Daniel Vaniman, mission work on Fund . . 

Daniel Vaniman, traveling expenBSB 

C. S. Hawbecker, traveling expenses 

S. Riddlesberger, traveling expenses 

B. F. Miller, mission work in Dakota 
Henry Brubaker, mission work in Texas . 

District of Tennessee, mission work 

District of Tennessee, building meeting 

house 

J. Oleseu, support in Sweden 

C. Hansen, support in Denmark 



S100 00' 

3 89 
10 00' 
25 00 
250 00 
33 99' 
9 4S 
1 29' 
12 80' 
24 50' 
66 50' 
100 00' 

60 00' 
123 75 
123 75 

This report embraces all the mouey received 
for the general mission work to Jan. 1, 1889. All 
sums received after the above date will appear in 
the next quarterly report, to be published in April 
next. D. L. Miller, Treas. 



THR GOSPEL MESSENGER. 



MATRIMONIAL. 



JOHNSON— NELSON.— At the resides 
of the bride's parent?, Dec. S, by the under- 
signed, A. Johnson, of Multnomah Co, 
Ore, and Miss Ililma Nelson, of Clacka- 
mas Co , Ore. J. a. Rover. 
HOOVER— IIEASTON.— At the residence 
of (he bride's parents, Dec. 27, by the un- 
dersigned, Bro. Josiah Hoover, of Wabash 
Co., Ind., and sister Oara J. Houston, of 
Huntington Co., Ind. 

Samuel Murray. 

MILLER— WISE— At the residence of the 

bride's parents, Dec. 25, by Abraham Shep- 

ler, friend Daniel Miller and sister Delilah 

Wise, both of Peabody, Marion Co, Kans 

Esther Shepler. 

ROBOSSER— BERKEYBILE At the 

residence of the bride's parents, S wanton, 
Ohio, Dec. 13, by the undersigned, John 
Robosser and Miss Elsie Rerkeybile. 

GARMAN— STUTZMAN.— At the resi- 
dence of the undersigned. Delta, Ohio, Dec 
23, Philip Gannon and Miss Sadie Stutz- 
man. David Bkrkbybile. 

STRIEBY— WHITEHEAD.- Near Syra- 
cuse, Ind., Dec. 23, Anderson Strieby and 
Eva J. Whitehead. li ][. Urallier. 

NEWMAN-GAR RETSON.-In the Bap- 
tist church, Dec. 0. by Rev. T. D. New- 
man, Mr. Francis Newman and Miss Ida 
Ganetson, both of Linn Co., Iowa 
Lizzie M. R 



I ASTERDAY.-In the Cedar Lake church, 
DeKalb Co., hid, Nov. 4, sister Tracy Ea. 
terday, aged 57 years, 1 month and 4 daj 5. 
Deceased united with the Brethren 
church in 1SS6, and lived a consistent life un- 
til death She was anointed a few months 
before her death. She bore her sickness with 
patience, and put her whole trust in her Mas- 
ter. She called her children and her neigh- 
bors to her bedside and told tliem to live con- 
sistent members until death, and those who 
are out of the church she admonished to pre- 
pare to meet her in heaven. She leaves a 
husband, three sons, five daughters and two 
brothers lo mourn the loss of a Christian 
mother. Services by Eld. James Barton, 
fiom Rev. 14: 13. j onN II. Topper. 

CLEAR— Near Cambria, Clinton Co., Ind., 
I>ec. 25, Sarah Jane Clear, aged [3 years, 
10 months and 25 days. Services by Bro. 
Michael Flory, from Pa. 103: 14, 15, to 
many sympathizing friends and neighbors. 
John E. Metzgbr. 
CLAVS()\.-ln the Sappy Creek church, 
Furnas Co., Nebr., Oct. 30, Ida Clayson, 
daughter of brother and sister Davison 



■ nth. 



days 



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^FALLEN t ASLEEP-**- 



IIEASTON.— In the South Beatrice church, 

Nebr., Dec. 8, Orville Earl, son of Bio. 

Louis and sister Mary lleaston, aged 2 

years, 6 months and 14 days. Services by 

the Brethren. Lizzie V. Miller. 

MILLER.— In the Oakland church, Darke 

— Co., Ohio, Aug. 19, sister Mary (Rohrer) 

Miller, widow of Jacob Miller, aged about 

75 years. ,, 

She was a consistent member of the 

Brethren church, always ready to help the 

needy and visit the sick. Services by the 

YODER.— In the same congregation, Dec 
14, sister Mary Yoder, widow of Amos Yo- 
der, aged 79 years, 9 months and 12 days. 
She was a consistent member of the 
Brethren church for many years. After an 
illness of four weeks she passed away, fol- 
lowed to her last resting-place by a large con- 
course of friends and neighbors. Services by 
the home ministers, from 2 Cor. 5: 1. 

RIDDLESBARGER.— In Franklin Grove 
church, Lee Co., 111., Dec. S, friend Daniel 
Riddlesbarger, aged 74 years and 9 months. 
He was called away very unexpectedly 
to those around him. Dec. 5 he felt several 
feet from a ladder, and his head striking a 
stone that was partially buried in the ground, 
he was severely hurt. Deceased has been a 
resident of Lee County for many years. He 
leaves a wife and a family of grown-up chil- 
dren to mourn their loss. Services by breth- 
ren Daniel Dierdorff and Levi Trostle. 
KAUFFMAN.— In the Monticello church, 
White Co., Ind., Dec. 11, sister Mary Kauff- 
man, wife of Bro. Jacob Kauffman, aged 44 
years, 7 months and 6 days. 

Deceased was born fn Pennsylvania, May 
5, 1844, and was the oldest daughter of Bro. 
Geo. B. Dilling. She was married to Jacob 
Kauffman, Feb. 23, 1862, and then moved to 
Indiana. She came to the church in 1S61, 
and lived a faithful member until the Lord 
called her away. She leaves father, broth- 
ers, sisters, a kind husband and three children 
to mourn their loss, which is her eternal gain. 
Services by Bro. L. W. Teeter, assisted by 
the brethren, from 1 Cor. 15: 55. 

David Dilling. 



Deceased was married to J. S. Clays 
Dec. 21, 18S4, leaving a husband and th 
children, and many friends to mourn th 
loss. Services by Eld. David Bechtelheirr 
WRIGHT— In the Beaver Creek 
lion, Rockingham Co., Va., Od. 
Elizabeth, wife of Bro. John Wright, aged 
52 years, S months and 9 days. 
The subject of this notice was 'a daugh 
ter of Eld. Martin Miller, deceased. She 
leaves a sorrowing husband, several children 
and a large connection of relatives. Sister 
Wright was attending to her domestic duties 
up to the time she was called to her long 
home. Several of the family were away at 

an adjoining congregation. Services by 
brethren Flory and Miller. J. W. Click. 
METCALF.-At Waynesborough, Franklin 
Co., Pa., Nov. 9, sister Nancy Ellen Met- 
calf, daughter of John and Lucy Fahrney, 
and granddaughter of Eld. Jacob Fahrney, 
aged 33 years, 5 months and iS days. 
Deceased was a member of the Brethren 
church about six months. She found peace 
with her God and attended in this spring-time 
to all the requirements of God's house. She 
asked her husband to meet her in heaven, and 
he promised to do so. May God grant him 
grace to carry out the solemn promise ere 
long. She leaves a husband and two little 
children to mourn their loss. Her affliction 
was consumption. She was universally es- 
teemed by all who knew her. No man had a 
better wife than did her husband, and no chil- 
dren had a more devoted mother. Sister 
Metcalf died in the triumphs of a blessed im- 
mortality. Her feet were firmly fixed on the 
Rock of Ages. The Savior in whom she 
trusted was with her as she walked through 
the valley and shadow of death. His rod and 
his staff comforted her and the feared no evil. 
All was well with her, and as sweetly as an 
Infant on its mother's bosom, she fell asleep 
in Jesus. Services by brethren Isaac Riddles- 
berger, B. E. Price and the writer, from Rev. 
H : 1.3- J. F. Oller. 

HORN.— In the Jonathan Creek church, O., 
May I2,'iS88, sister IlcSn, wife of friend 
Simeon H., and daughter-in-law of Bro. 
Elijah Horn. 
She leaves a kind husband and four small 
children to mourn the loss of one they loved. 
Services by the writer. 

LAMPTON. — In the same congregation, 

June i8, 1888, Bro. David M., son of Bro, 

Robert and sister Catharine Lampton, aged 

20 years, 5 months and 10 days. 

About two weeks before his death he 

sent for me. After some conversation, we, 

by his request, went with him to their fish 

pond, and baptized him thesame night. Aft- 

was anxious to go home and be at 

rest. He leaves a kind father, four brothers 

and one sister to mourn their loss, which is 

his gain. W, Arnold. 



HOFF.-InTcddvltle, [ OWHi Dcc , ,, Cail 
Moff.ngedj years. DUease, rheumatism 

of the brain. Services by D. D.Newman. 

Lizzie m. Roobrs, 
BRl BAKER.-In Lexington, In the West 
Cones toga church, Pa.Sept 13, iKSS, sister 
Mary, widow of Moses Urubaker, aged Jo 
years. 
She was a consistent member of the 
Brethren church for a number of years, and 
was loved by all who knew her. She leaves 
two sons and three daughters. At the time 
of her death they were all outside the church 
yet, but at our late series of meetings two of 
the daughters came out on the Lord's side. 
Funeral services by Bro. II. Gibblc and oth- 
ers - J.R.Rt.VRR. 

MELLOTT.-In the Sugar Ridge church, 
Ohio, Nov. 15, David Mellott, aged 63 years, 
3 months and 1 day. 

Deceased was born in Fulton Co., Pa. 
After his marriage he moved to Richland Co., 
Ohio, where he and his companion united 
with the church. After some few years he 
moved to Wood Co., Ohio, where he raised a 
family of nine children, four of whom art 
members of the church. Ills departure it 
sadly lamented by all who knew him. Serv. 
by J. Whltmore, and others, from Rom 
J. C. P. 



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Vol. 27. Old Series. 



Ml Morris, 111., and Huntingdon, Pa., Jan. 22, 1889. 



No. 4 



The Gospel Messenger. 

H. B. Brumbaugh, Editor, 

And Business Manager of the Eastern House, Box 50, 

Huntingdon. Pa. 

Bro. Jas. A. Sell is now preaching for the 
Brethren at Waynesborongb, Pa. Hope to hare a 
good report from there. 

The Brethren of the Beaver Creek church, Va , 
report an interesting meeting with twelve acees- 
sions to the church. ■ Bro. J. M. Cline, of Middle 
River, did the preaching. 



From a number of different sources we learn 
that our brethren are holding series of meetings 
with encouraging success, and from present pros- 
pects the additions for the winter will be unusual- 
ly large. 

Bro. ffir. Beery and wife have come to Hunt- 
ingdon with the intention of making this their 
home. We extend to them a hearty welcome, and 
hope that their stay with us may be both pleasant 
and profitable. 

r want In know if the Disciplesor CampUSllite. practice the 
ordinances as we do. Don't fail to answer at once through 
the Gospel Messenger, and oblige, T. E. Digman. 

Answer.— They do not. If any one has a differ- 
ent answer to give, the libeity is granted. 

We learn from Bro. D. S. Keploglo, of the 
Woodbury, Pa, church, that Bro. Flory was with 
them and that there were seven added to the 
church. Bro. Silas Hoover is to be at the Hol- 
singer church, same congregation, in the near fut- 
ure. 

During the past week we had the pleasure of a 
visit from Bro. Ed. Priest, of Green Tree, Pa. 
He is a scholarly young man, and we hope that 
his life may be devoted to usefulness and to the 
promotion of the good cause. We also had a call 
from Bro. Boop, of 'Maryland, late of Yale Col- 
lege. Ho is a graduate of Western Maryland Col- 
lege, and has been at Yala to take a special course 
in Mathematics and Civil Engineering. He is a 
young man of promise, with a good field before 
him. May he occupy fully! 



eniug, as much so as possible, Not striotly bo, 
however, ns these meetiugs are intended for gon- 
eivil religious edification and, therefore, suitable 
exhortations are always in place. The exercises 
may be interspersed by singing with good ef- 
fect, which adds to the interest of the meeting. 
The meeting is closed with prayer, the same as in 
opening. Soma one is then appointed to lead the 
next meeting, the stibjeet named, and the audience 
dismissed. 

FARMER JOHN'S TALK. 



QUERY ANSWERED. 

Please explain through the Messenger how prayer-meet- 
ings should be conducted from opening to closing. 

Jos. S. Stutzman. 

The usual way of opening such meetings is to 
sing a hymn, read the chapter of Scripture con- 
taining the lesson, or part of it, if very long, and 
then follow with prayer by two, one leading and 
the other closing with the Lord's Prayer. The 
one appointed to lead the meeting then reads the 
Scripture lesson and makes such remarks upon it 
as he, or Bhe may feel like giving. The meeting 
is now considered open for general remarks, and 
liberty is given to any and all who may feel like 
speaking. The talks should be short- not over 
ten minutes, and confined to the lesson of the ev- 



Moses was a very wise man, and became one of 
the greatest statesmen, but he had a good deal to 
learn before he could perform his duties just 
right. During his forty years in the royal palace 
in Egypt he gained a vaBt stock of information 
concerning public affairs, but when he killed that 
Egyptian, and had to go out in the wilderness ami 
stay there forty years, he must have forgotten 
much that he knew. But the Lord placed him 
at the head of the Hebrews, a nation of slaves, 
who had no training in the principles of govern- 
ment, and therefore knew nothing concerning 
public matters. 

In order to got the people properly organized, 
and in good shape, Moses worked hard from 
morning till night, taking on himself all the work 
that he could possibly do regardless of his own 
welfare. He would probably have killed himself 
by work, had it not been for his father-in-law, 
Jetbi'o. Now this Jethro was one of these long- 
headed leaders who knew a good deal about hand- 
ling people. He came to see Moses in the wilder- 
ness and watched him about his work. He finally 
told Moses that that wouldnever do;thathe would 
soon completely wear himself oat. He gave Mos- 
es what I consider a good common-sense lecture. 
He told him to organize the people into divisions 
of thousands, hundreds, fifties, etc, and to appoint 
a head over each division, and to give only the 
most important parts of the work his personal at- 
tention, and have the other work done by his sub- 
ordinates. 

Moses took Jethro's advice, and continued the 
work for forty years longer, and when he died, 
at the age of 120 years, he was still a strong 
man, his eye was not dim, nor was his natural 
itrength abated. Following the advice of a good 
old man is what helped Moses. 

If we had more men like Jethro and Moses we 
would probably get more work done. There are 
men among us who are wearing themselves out, 
while others are doing nothing. I know preach- 
ei-B who try to do all the preaching, lead in sing- 
ing all the hymns, do all the public praying, visit 
the sick, look after the poor, and many other like 
things, while hundreds of members are being 
trained to do nothing. I claim that this is not 
the right way to raise church members. The 
Lord never intended that a few gifted men should 
kill themselves trying to do all the work while the 
other part of humanity should grow up in idleness. 
Lot these leaders who are properly put forward as 
leaders, devote most of their time to working oth- 
ers into the work, for by so doing they may not 



only prolong their own usefulness, but be the 
moans of haviug vastly mure work accomplished. 

In the held I must sometimes handle a number 
of men. ,U am h times I used to take hold and 
do as much, if not more work than nay of my men, 
but 1 never got very much accomplished otitsitle 
of my own immediate place. 1 ,!,, u ..! do that 
any more, I now keep my men at work, and I get 
a great deal more accomplished, besides [ make 
good trusty workmen out of my men. 

Why do not elders and others do this way in 
their church work? They can work dozens of men 
and women into various departments, and thus 
not only perform more work, but be the means of 
training t.llieis lor greater usefulness. The plan 
seems reasonable, and I know thai it will result 



in good. 



OPPORTUNITY. 



11. CAHKINS 



Many fail in life owing to the lack of those sup- 
posed " great occasions " wherein they might have 
shown their trustworthiness and their integrity. 
The more minute and trivial opportunities of be. 
ing-just and upright are constantly occurring to 
everyone. It is the proper employment ol these 
smaller opportunities, that occasion the great ones. 
It is one of the common mistakes of lib, and 
also one of the most radical sources of evil to 
wait for opportunities. Many persons are look- 
ing for some marked event or some grand opening 
through which they hope to develop what may be 
in them, and thus make potent a character which 
now, for lack of motives, is barren and unfruitful. 
The real materials out of which our characters 
are forming, are the hourly occurrences of every- 
day life. Every claim of duty, (ho employment 
of each minute, the daily vexations or trials we 
"e called upon to bear, the momentary decisions 
that must be made, the casual interview, tie con- 
tact with sin or BOirow in eveiy-day dress,— all 
these, and many others, as email and as constant, 
are the real opportunities of life. 

These we aro continually embracing or neglect- 
ing, and out of them we ere forming a character 
that is fast consolidating into the shape wo give 
it, for good or for evil. If we watch through a 
single day we shall doubtless discover hundreds 
of opportunities of both doing and receiving good, 
that we have, perhaps, hitherto passed by with in- 
difference. By diligent assiduity in seeking for 
ud embracing these, we shall bo prepared to en- 
counter the. fierce storms of life that may await us, 
or take advantage of future opportunities that 
may offer for our good. 

Brethren and sisters, let us pray that the relig- 
ion of Jesus might swoop over the world like a 
tidal wave. May we take a new stand for God, 
whatever bo the consequences to ns personally! 
Let us dare to live absolutely unto Godl Let us 
part company with the world, hate the garmeut 
spotted with the leprosy of the Mesh, and prove 
our God whether ho is not with us in mighty pow- 
er, when once we are truly with him in the undi- 
vided choice of a consecrated life! 
Cherry Grove, III. 



THE. GOSPEL MESSENGER. 



Jan. 22, 1839. 



^■ESSAYS' 



lliy i [fi rovc.l >i:t I; 



TRUE BLESSEDNESS. 



1 i is not blessedness I" know llial ll thyself nit blessed; 

True joy was never yet by one, nor yet by two, possessc J. 

Nor to the ninny is It given, but only to Hie all, 

The joy Ihnl leaves one heart imblcss'd would be for mine toe 

For when my spirit mOBl was blessed, to know another 

grieved 
Would take away the joy from all that I myself received. 
Nor would 1 seek to blunt that pnln, forgetting others' woe; 
Prom knowledge,' not from want of thought, true blessedness 

must grow. 
I ..i !.!, sedness I find thll earth of ours Is then no place. 
Where still the happiest man must meet Ids brother's gtiev- 

ing fuee. 
And only In one thought I find the joy 1 never miss, 
In faith to know all grief beloiv will grow to final bliss. 
And lie who holds this fnllli will strive with linn and anient 



And v 



soul, 
irk out his c 



I proper good in working for the whole. 
(mi.i only its this perfect good, the way to it is dim; 
Cud only, then, Is truly blesl, man only blest hi him. 



A NOBLE EXAMPLE-GO THOU AND DO 
LIKEWISE ! 



BuothkhS. S. Giiay, tiutl sister Miriam, his 
wife, of Warrior's Mark church, Pa., donated, us a 
New Year's gift to the Homo Mission Board of Mid- 
dle Pennsylvania, a house and lot worth about one 
thousand dollars, to be used in the work of spread- 
ing the Gospel. Their hearts are in the work and 
they gave this 113 n free-will offering unto the 
Lord. It is a good example, and wo feel like urg- 
ing others to go and do likewise. Bro. Gray is 
not rich and does not enjoy the best of health but 
his trust iu the Lord is strong, believing this to 
be the way to prosper, and he wants to give while 
he lives, to see the good work prosper. Many 
others could do much more and feel it less, and 
I wnnl right here to relieve myself of a duty that 
I have felt pressing upon me,— to tell those who 
are rich to use their money freely in the spread- 
ing of the Gospel. God has blesBed many of our 
brethren and sisters and made them rich, and 
they are usiug all for selfish purposes, more to the 
injury of their families than to their good. Sons 
and daughters are often ruined by the luxury and 
extravagance that always attends plenty. Instead 
of using their money to advance the interests of 
the church, they often use it in a way that keeps 
their children out of the church. There are rich 
brethren who live and die, and are of no more 
account to the church than some who are a church 
charge. They did nothing while living, and at 
death all their possessions went to heirs out of the 
church. Brethren should never forgot the Lord 
in wills and make the Giver of all at least an equal 
heir, and if they do not, they cannot expect his 
blessing to attend their large estates. Better still, 
give while you live. You are blessed with talents 
to handle finances, and you should not only give, 
but help to handle it iu the church. 

Come on, then, with your hundreds or thou- 
sands, relieve your conscience and get the blessiug. 
It costs something to advance Christianity, but it 
will cost more not to do it. If you count the lost 
time and the neglected business, and wear and 
tear of the poor minister, you will have to give 
pretty freely to be equal with him. 

There is a crying necessity in our day for ag- 
gressive work in the missionary cause. Cold 



loimalisnt is on the rampage, - a spirit of skep- 
ticism and anarchy is making rapid strides in 
society, and from all quarters the Macedonian 
call: " Come over and help us," is heard. Shall 
it go unheeded? My rich brother and rich Bister, 
we knock at your door. Do you hear the call? 
" Come over and help us." Shall it be unan- 
swered? With voti is the answer. Upon you 
rests muoh of the responsibility. If the call is 
made in vain, it falls at voun door. The minister 
can be had to go, but he is bound by necessity at 
home. You can relieve him and say, Go. Will 
yon do it? We sppeal to you by all the interest 
end worth of the immortal soul; by all the purity 
and loveliness of Christianity, by the misery and 
wretchedness of our sinful and degraded race; by all 
the terrors of the blazing flames of dark damna- 
tion, and by the happiness of the heavenly world 
and your interest, and in the name of him who 
said, "Go, preach the Gospel," and in view of 
the warning, " Charge them who are rich in this 
world that they be not high minded or trust in un- 
certain riches, but in the living God who giveth 
us richly all things to enjoy." 1 Tim. 6: 17. 

The cause is suffering for the want of means, 
and the moans are in the hands of the stewards. 
Our system in mission work is improved until we 
could do effective work if we had the means. 

We are certainly in earnest in this appeal, for, 
as a church, we are alarmingly behind-hand in 
this matter. Let all givel Adopt the apostolic 
l'lan. Take it into your calculations. Lay by 
something daily, weekly, monthly, or in whatever 
way your income may suggest. A sister, in limit- 
ed circumstancfs, laid by a few eggs daily, and her 
coniributiou amounted to quite a sum. 

" We never may know while we labor here 
What the fruits of toil may lis 
Hut iv'ien we stand on the golden heights 



Well the gathered harve.l s 



ROYAL CRUMBS. 



M. F.SBELMAN. 



The ever-increasing work in the chnrch brings 
more and more responsibilities. Dec. 27, 1888, 
found elders Allen Ives, Eli Eenner and another 
brother in the White Rock church, Jewell county, 
Kans., to assist in council. For the past five 
years a certain brother has been assisting in 
caring for this church, and, thinking the time at 
hand to turn the care of it over to other hands, 
the elders in North-western Kansas, according to 
the rule among themselves, were counseled as to 
the propriety and fitness of ordaining Bro. S. L. 
Myers to the eldership, and all agreeing, the lay- 
ing on of hands, prayer, and the solemn charge 
were engaged in, thus setting apart our dear 
brother to other and more responsible duties. 

Preaching in the evening from 1 Cor. 15: 46, 
the line of thought being the spiritual after the 
natural in the work given to man for his edifica- 
tion. 

By 6:30 A. M. of the 28th, Bro. Myers and an- 
other brother were on the way, in buggy, to Cuba, 
thirty-five miles distant, to attend council in the 
east arm of the Belleville church. By 1: 30 P. 
M. we were there; began work at 2 o'clock, and 
at three had finished. All seemed peaceful, and 
the members worked with zeal. Here that other 
brother asked to be relieved from the oversight of 
this charge, and the members complied with his 
wish, for which they have his heart-felt thanks. 
Brethren Lugenbeel and Smith are the ministers. . 
After adjournment we drove fifteen miles to the - 
home of Bro. Wm. Gooch. 



Some are looking about for a preacher who can 
ilraw n large crowd.— a man of distinction and noto- 
riety who will attract. Say they, " The people of 
our city are intelligent. The community is highly 
enlightened. Our hearers are lawyers, physicians, 
statesmen and College professors, and we must 
have a mau who keeps pace with the age, — a mau 
of fine taste, refinement and acceptable accom- 
plishments; or he will not. draw." This is the 
way of the world,— the way of the opera mauager, 
the way of the Bhowman, the caterer to tieshlyism 
and devilism. The Lord never gave command- 
mont, nor uttered words, as the Gospel shows, 
to countenance show and polish, as understood 
and required by the world, to make his doctrine 
win. The fact is, these doctors, lawyers and states- 
men, know less about the grace of God, the power 
of his Word, the transforming influences of the 
Holy Spirit, than many of the common people, 
therefore have need of the enlightening influences, 
the simple prayers, the humble methods of the 
plain people as formed by the Word of God. 

The best drawers are the "living epistles," the 
holy characters of God. Let the church draw. 
I do not mean the structure, made of wood, stone, 
or brick, in which people meet, but the church— 
the one body of Jesus, the called-out-from-the- 
world. Eight living, true piety, consistent con- 
duct—these draw. They draw, not the pompous, 
the proud, the arrogant, the sneering, the vile, the 
libertines, to come and be amuBed by some Satanic 
influence, or hilarious conduct, but the penitent, 
the true seeker, the poor, the unlearned, who are 
longing to leahn from Jesos. 



At 10 A. M. of the 29th, the west arm of the' 
Belleville church met in the meeting-house for 
work. Nearly all the members were present, and 
the pleasant feature was that all engaged in the- 
labors with zeal and energy. The members,, 
whether young or old, are permitted to talk free- 
ly, one at a time, on any question before thei 
church. All are brethren; and where this is the 
ease, old and young can speak on questions, af- 
fecting the welfare of the church, without fear of 
being thought out of place. It is a sad state- 
where no one dare speak unless he be an officer. 
In our more youthful days, we have seen young 
members sternly rebuked for presuming to give 
their views in the church, but we then resolved 
that if ever we should be called to look after the 
interests of a congregation, we would encanrage 
every member to participate in the work of the 
church, believing that if the members can be in- 
duced to labor for the Lord, the devil's chanoes 
to overcome them, or to introduce divisions, will 
be greatly lessened. 

Provisions were made to assist some good elder 
to move here, and take the oversight, as the writer 
lives one hundred miles away, and the church 
realizes the importance of having a prudent house- 
keeper living with the members. An attempt to 
be excused from the further care of this part of 
the congregation, resulted in failure. We would 
enjoy living amongst this people if it could be so 
arranged, for here are devoted hearts— men and 
women who love the Brotherhood and are trying 
so to walk, as to cause no divisions. 

The Tract and the Mission Works of the church 
have, for several years, received attention from 
the Belleville church, and the fruits of their labors 
are making themselves manifest. The tracts and 
pamphlets annually distributed have awakened 
much interest, and if each congregation would ' 
awake to the value of a judicious distribution of 
sound reading matter, a grand forward movement 
would be made in building up Zion. It is so 
much eaBier to keep house where the members 
are thus, and by other " good works," kept buBy 
in the Lord. Ths fact is, the church, in a sense, 



THE. GOSPRL ME8SRNGER. 



51 



rules itself where all have something to do for the 
Lord Jesus. 

Later. — There are times when "the disci 
pies" are "filled with joy and the Holy Ghost.' 
Acts 13: 32. On the evening of -Tan -4th, the 
Word of God was preached with power in the 
College Chapel by Eld. Lemuel Hillary. On the 
5th the church met in quarterly council in 
Chapel. The room was filled with members, 
whose hearts Beemed tender and full of divine 
love, and they were faithfully assisted in the per- 
plexing duties by elders Enoch Eby, Lemuel Hil- 
lery, Daniel Yaniman, J. S. Trostle, Jacob Shirk, 
Moses Brubaker, and Percy Trostle. Thanks to 
God for loviDg brethren and sisters! 



But while thesr and other members were at 
work in council, some others were laboring pri- 
vately among the young-, and by evening two stu- 
dents were made willing to join the Lord's people, 
Bro. Vaniman spoke the "Word to the people in 
the evening, and after the audience had gone, Bro. 
Hillery and Bro. S. G. Lehmer met some students 
in an upper room, prayed with them, and pointed 
them to the Lord. "When Sunday morning dawn- 
ed three more had determined to turn to Christ, 
and by ten o'clock three more, making eigbt in 
all. After preaching by Bro. Jacob Shirk, a 
large number proceeded about six miles east, 
where the following named were immersed and 
now walk in newness of life: Lewis Atland, Ira 
Nofzeiger, Bertha Eos, Maggie Peck, Hattie 
Flickinger, Ingabee Sandy, Lizzie Lehmer and 
Vinnie Eskelman. 

The evening of the 6th found the Chapel again 
crowded, and people standing in the hall, looking 
in through the door, and listening to the preach- 
ed Word by our dear Bro. Enoch Eby. Two 
more made the noble confession, and when the 
audience was dismissed, the3e and others under a 
deep sense of sin, with a number of members gather- 
ed in Bro. Sharp's private office, and there, 'midst 
weepings for joy, Bro. Hillery earnestly prayed 
God for wisdom, guidance, and blessings for all. 
On the morning of the 7th, three more had resolved 
to abandon a life of sin and come to Jesus, and the 
same day they were immersed into Jesus, our 
Lord. Their names are Nora Murray, daughter of 
Eld. Samuel Murray, of Indiana, May S trickier, 
Minnie Clark,— Vauhorn and — Peck. In the even- 
ing Bro. Vaniman preached to a large audience, 
and one more made application, thus making 
fourteen precious souls who are joyful and happy. 
Meetings are being continued, and likely others 
will yet turn to Jesus. The members are greatly 
refreshed in the Lord, and union, peace and love 
prevail. Thirteen of those received are students 
in the school here. 

. "BAPTIZING- THEM IN THE NAME OF THE 

FATHER, AND OF THE SON, AND 

OF THE HOLY GHOST."— 

Matt. 28: 19. 

by s. n. m'cann. 

What Baptism Is. 
The humble, believing penitent, is ready to com- 
ply with the command, to be baptized as soon as 
he learns what it takes to make baptism. But too 
often instead of going to the Word of God for 
directions in regard to it, the lexicon or popular 
opinion is taken. Then anything will do, so it is 
a church ordinance, for a popular definition is, 
"The act of baptizing; the application of water to 
a person, as a sacrament or religious ceremony, 
by which he is initiated into the visible church of i 
Christ This is usually performed by sprinkling 
or immersion." 



Webster is true to the law that binds him, for 
he sees a body of professors doing something by 
sprinkling a little water that they call baptism; 
another body doing something by pouring a little 
water that thi'y call baptism, and other bodios 
doing something by immersing with water that 
they call baptism, hence the definition is given 
broad enough to take in the whole thiug. 

A true definition for baptism is found by search- 
ing the Scriptures, for "BaptUui is an application 
of water by the authority of the Word of God." 

You may apply water as a church ordinance 
once, or as often as yon wish, but you can not 
make the "one BAPTISM " of the Scriptures out of 
your application until you, by that "one faith" 
"once delivered unto the saints " accept the "one 
Lord "as your Master. "In him dwelleth all 
the fullness of the Godhead bodily," Col. 2: S), 
even all power "in heaven and inearth." M,att. 
28: 18. That "one Lord" in giving directions for 
that " one baptism," with all power "in heaven 
and in earth," says, "Go ye therefore and teach 
all nations, baptizing them in the name of the 
Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost," 
and NEVER in "the name of the Father, Son 
and Holy Ghost." Matt. 28: 19, 

Some claim that it does not matter much, for 
the three are one. "These three are one, the 
Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost." 1 John 
5: 7. Most assuredly the three are one, but not 
one in such a sense that there is no Son, for God 
had a Son to give, or he could not have given 
a Son. "For God so loved the world that he gave 
his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth 
in him should not perish, but have everlasting 
life." John 3: 16. 

The three are not one in the sense that Christ 
did not have a Father, for in his great agony in 
the garden, and while he hung on the cross, he 
prayed to his Father, saying, " 0, my Father, if 
it be possible, let this cup pass from me, never- 
theless not as I will, but as thcu wilt." Matt. 2(1 
39. "Father, into thy hands I commend my 
spirit." Luke 23: 46, 

The Father and the Son retain their personali- 
ty as well as their unity, for Christ has ascended 
into heaven and sits "on the right hand of God, 
Mark 16: in, but he will come again " in like mai 
ner as ye have seen him go into heaven." Acts 
1: 11. "Then cometh the end, when he shall 
have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the 
Father." 1 Cor. 15:21. , 

The three are not one in the sense that there is 
no Holy Ghost, for Christ said, "It is expedient 
foi you that I go away; for if I go not away, the 
Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart 
I will send him unto you." John 16: 7, 8. Christ 
could not have sent a Holy Ghost, if there was no 
such personage in the Godhead. The three per- 
sonages, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost may be 
severally seen in Christ's baptism, for "Jesus, 
when he was baptized, went up straightway out of 
the water: and lo, the heavens were opened unto 
him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending 
like a dove and lighting upon him: and lo a voice 
from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in 
whom I am well pleased." Matt. 3: 16, 17. Paul 
saw the three personages separate when he said 
to the church of Corinth, " The grace of the Lord 
Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the com- 
munion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all." 2 
Cor. 13: 14. 

Since there are absolutely three distinct person- 
ages, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and " these 
three are one," should we not try to find in what 
sense they are one, before we reject the instruc- 
tions of that " one Lord," as he would direct us 
by that "one faith" into that "one baptism"? 
Eph. 4: 5. We find they are one in the sense of 
power, for " all power in heaven and in earth" is 



vested in that "one Lord." Matt. 28:18. They 
are one in tho seueo of work, in the plan of re- 
demption, for that "one Lord" says, "I came 
down from heaven, not to do my own will, but the 
will of him that sent m<\" John 6: 88. Hence 
Christ says, " I aud my Father are one." John 
10: 30. They are one because Christ, in all things, 
was subject to tho Father, learning "obedience 
by the things which ho Buffered," nud ever Bay- 
ing, "Thy will be done." Matt. 26: 42. That 
same spirit of submission will produce a oneness 
throughout the world, for that " one faith, one 
Lord, aud one baptism," will make us one as 
"these three are one." 

Christ oxplaius the sense of the oneness of the 
Godhead, when he says, "Holy Father, keep 
through thine own name those whom thou hast 
given me, that thoy may be ono, as we are one." 
John 17: 11. "ONE AS WE AKE ONE," for 
"as thou hast seut me into tho world, even so 
have I also sent them into the world." John 17: 
18. Christ heard and did his Father's will, and 
they are one. If we hear aud do his will, we will 
be one as they are one, but if we are only hearers 
and not doers of the Word, wo deceive ourselves, 
and only pretend a oneness. James 1: 23. 

ThiB oneness is more fully Bet beforo us when 
ChriBt says, "Neither pray I for these alone, but 
for them also which shall believe on me through 
their word; that they all may be one; as thou, 
Father, art in me and I in thee, that they aIbo 
may be one iu us." John 17: 20, 21, "That thoy 
may be one, even as we are ono." John 17: 22. 

Tho husband and the wife are one in a certain 
sense. God intended that thoy should be bo, but 
a oneness does not destroy their individuality, for 
they are two (sometimes two, sad to say, in a 
sense that God never intended them lobe), per- 
sons, -one a man, the other a woman. 

If we have that "one baptism," according to 
the directions of thut "one Lord," we will be 
heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ, " for in 
him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead 
bodily, aud ye are complete in him, which is the 
Head of all principality and power; in whom also 
ye are circumcised with the circumcision made 
without hands, in putting oil" the body of the 
sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ: 
buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are 
risen with him, through the faith of the operation 
of God, who hath raised him from the dead." 
Col. 2: 9-12. 

That "one Lord," in whom dwells "all the 
fullness of the Godhead bodily," because he has 
all povver " in heaven and in earth," tells ns to 
perform that "one baptism," by "'baptizing them 
in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and 
of the Holy Ghost," thereby recognizing the Trini- 
ty in the plurality of action, and the unity in the 
one ordinance of baptism. 

DOES THE CHURCH OF THE LORD'S BUILDING 

STILL EXIST, AND WHERE IS IT TO 

BE FOUND ? 

BY. If. V. MOOM.-UV. 

Number One. 

The words church and churches are used in con- 
nection with different things, as the collective 
body of professors and the particular orgniiization 
of assemblies, but I do not propose at this 
point to notice it in its varied applications. 

What I want is to get the true significance, as 
exemplified in the Scriptures. Properly there 
are but two senses of the word in the original 
which can be called different, though related. 
One is when it denotes a number of people actu- 
ally assembled, or accustomed to assemble togeth- 
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terms, congreg ition, convention, ass -mbly. etc. 
The other U to denote a society united together 
by some common tie, though uot convened, per- 
haps not convonablo in one place, as the church of 
God. Acts 20: 28; 1 Oor. 1: 2; 10; 82; II: 22. 

"Of the Lord," " or Christ," denotes eitto 
single congregation oi GhristianP, or the whole 
Christian community. Between a single congre- 
gation and the whole community of Christians, 
not one instance can bo given of the application 
of the word Sacred Writ. We speak of the 
Church of Home, the Church of England, the 
Church of Scotland, etc. In the days of the 
apostles they did not say, "The church of ABin, 
the (lunch of Macedonia, or the church of Achaia, 
but Hie churches of God in Asia, the churches in 
Macedonia, the church in Achaia. The plural 
number is invariably used when more congrega- 
tion* limn one is spoken of, unless the subject he 
I he whole commonwealth of Christ. 

Any other nee in the apostles' timo would have 
been misleading, ami could not fail to lead their 
hearers or readers into mistakes. There are oth- 
er distinctions in respect to the term church, though 
not expressly recognized in the Scriptures, such 
as " the chinch triumphant," including the II 1 - 
deemer, having finished her work on earth, will 
enter into their rest The church militant, is yet 
in a state of warfare, patiently waiting the time of 
her discharge. We tnpot also with the distinction 
of the church visible and invisible. The first in- 
cludes all particular visible churches; the second 
all the real people of God, as distinguished from 
those who me such by outward appearance only. 

Our purpose iu this investigation IB to see if we 
can find to-day n real evangelical church, in keep- 
ing with the pattern of the little plnut,— the plant- 
ing of Christ and the inspired apostles,— the de- 
velopment of the ch.nr oh or kingdom, in the em- 
bryonic state, as it was under the ministration of 
John tho Baptist. 

Up to that time the Jewish church prevailed, 
— an organized body of the servauts of God 
under the ministration of Moses, the prophet and 
patron of the inviolable law of God, as ordained for 
tho church of that day, with its pains anil penal- 
ties. " This is that Moses, which said unto tho 
children of Israel, A prophet shall the Lord your 
Gcd raise up unto you of your brethren, like 
unto me; him Bhall ye hear. This is he, that was 
in the church in the wilderness with the angel 
which spake to him in tho mount Sina, and with 
our fatheis: who received the lively oracles to 
give unto us: to whom our fathers would uot obey. 
but thrust him from them, aud in their hearts 
turned back again into Egypt) saying unto Aaron, 
Make us gods to go before us, etc." Aud because 
of their insubordination, read tho following and 
see the consequences. See Acts 7: 37-39. 

The dispensation of Moses came down to the 
days of Johu the Baptist. From that time the 
Gospel of the kingdom of Christ, tho Sou of God, 
waB preached. Matt. 4: 23. "The beginning of 
the GoBpel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God: as it 
is written in the piophets, Behold, I send my 
messenger before thy face, which shall prepare 
thy way before thee." Mark 1: 1, 2. "And from 
the dayB of Johu the Baptist UDtil now the king- 
dom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent 
take it by force. For all tho prophets and the 
law prophesied until John." Matt. 11: 12, 13. 
"Tho law and the prophets were until John; since 
that time the kingdom of God is preached, and 
every man pre3seth into it." Luke 10: 16. 

The law of Moses is now passing away. "All 
Judea and Jerusalem, aud the regions round about 
Jordan came aud were baptized of John in Jord; 
All now acknowledge the supremacy of the new 
kingdom and press into it. Jesus Christ, among 
others, came and demanded baptism at the hands 



of John, - uot thai he needed forgiveness of Bins, 
regi oration or newness of life,- those ends for 
which baptism was administered to others,— but 
he would honor it as the ordinance of God. Fo: 
thus he saith, "It becometh us to fulfill all right- 
eousness." Ho now co-operates with John, and 
preaches the same doctrine " In those days came 
John I lie Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of 
Judea, and saying, He-pent ye: for the kingdom 
of heaven is at hand." Mutt. 3: 1,2. "From 
that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Re- 
pent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." 
.Matt. 1:17. He baptizes by his disciples and the 
kingdom goes forward. John's personal glory is 
eclipsed by the superior excellence of Christ's 
ministry, as the morning star is overshadowed by 
tho brilliancy of the rising sun. 

His divinity was established beyond a reasona- 
ble doubt by the coincidence of his history with 
the prophecies, respecting him, and the working oE 
miracles which he performed. He wished to know 
the general opinion concerning him, and to have 
an expression of his disciph-3 as to their impres- 
sions The sentiment of the masses was diversi- 
fied, but the question was settled in the mind of 
the disciples, as expressed by Simon Peter, 
"Thou art the Christ, the Son of the Living God," 
upon which Jesus pronounced a blessing upon 
him in that he had baen led into this importaut 
truth by the inspiration of God. Job. 32: 8. 
"Audi say also unto thee, That Ihou art Peter, 
and upon* this rock I will build my church: and 
the gateB of hell shall not prevail against it." 
Mat;. Hi: IS. 

He goes steadily forward, attracting the world 
by his wisdom and glory, until, in the arrange- 
ment of God's providence, for the accomplish- 
ment of the purpose for which he came into the 
world, he is brought to the cross and to the grave, 
but cornea forth the third day, and, according to 
the Scriptures, enters anew upon his mission of 
love and mercy, convenes his disciples, gives them 
ie great commission an 1 glorious promise that he 
ould be " with them to the end of ike world" 

Doss his church exist in the world to-day? 
The Savi >r declared that it should survive all the 
devices of boll it elf, and that he would bo 
with his px»ple to the end of the world. It 
must be true, or oar faith is vain, and our hope is 
an abortion. 

The next question is, " AVhere is this church to 
be found?" Let us diaw a portrait of it as pre- 
Bented to our view in the New Testament, as in- 
stituted and established by Christ and the in- 
spired apostles. It is one body or church with 
its system of laws, ordinances and doctrines, rules 
and regulations, peculiarly strict, — nothing more, 
nothing less. Christ came into the world, the rep- 
resentative of the will of the Father. John 6: 33. 
In doing this, he would certainly deliver the same 
message to all alike, and require conformity to 
that will delivered to them. He certainly did not 
pander to the different inclinations of men. This 
is clear from the fact that we have no account in 
his day of different systems, nor of different; 
churches, with varied practices or modes of wor- 
ship. His teachings at ali times, and all places, 
were substantially the same. Later, however, in 
the days of the apostles, churches were organized 
in different parts of the world, under adverse in- 
fluences, and men, following their depraved in- 
clinations and carnal natures, began to institute 
new theories, departed from the central principle 
of union and harmony, and became divided, fol- 
lowing men rather than Christ, making it noc- 
cesary for the inspired men of God to labor earn- 
estly, to arrest such departures, and to keep them 
united in one common brotherhood. Witness his 
reproof and remonstrance to the church of God 
at Corinth, in Corinthians 1 : 10-13. " Now I be- 



seech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord 
Jesus Christ, that ye ail speak the same thing, 
and that there be no divisions among you; but 
that ye be perfectly joined together in the same 
mind and in the same judgment. For it hath 
been declared unto me of you, my brethren, by 
them which are of the house of Chloe, that there 
are contentions among yon." Now this I say un- 
to you, Christ is not divided, nor was Paul cruci- 
fied for you, nor were ye baptized in the name of 
Paul. See also Kom. 15:5,6. "Now I beseech 
you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions 
and offenses contrary to the doctrine which ye 
have learned; and avoid them. For they that are 
such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their 
own belly; and by good words and fair speeches 
deceive the hearts of the simple." Romans 16; 
17-18. "For as the body is one, and hath many 
members, and all the members of that one body,, 
being many, are one body: so also is Christ. For 
by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body,, 
whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be* 
bond or free; and have been all made to drink in- 
to one Spirit." 1 Cor. 12: 12, 13. "There is one 
body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one 
hope of your calling." Eph. 4: 4. 

The very many parallels on this subject, and 
they are many, need not be quoted to confirm the 
truth of the proposition before us, for there is no 
fact that can be more thoroughly established than 
the absolute unity of the church of Christ, and 
the eutire absence of any testimony on the other 
de. How, then, is it possible that the idea is pre- 
valent that all the different orders professing the 
Christian name, are component parts of the church 
of Christ, their disregard of the ordinances, 
and indulging in, and encouraging practices for- 
bidden by the Word of God notwithstanding? 
Some even assert that God in his gracious Provi- 
dence has ordained that there should be so many 
churches, 6uited to the varied dispositions of men, 
bo that all can find a home congenial to their 
nature, and enjoy themselves. If this be true, 
where does it stop? Echo answers, Where? A 
e monstrous absurdity could not be conceived. 
(To be Continued.) 

THE ORDAINING OF ELDERS. 



No business of more importance caB> come be- - 
fore a church, than the electing of its officers, for 
upon them its purity, prosperity aud general wel- 
fare largely depend. Experience and observa- 
tion teach us that the matter is not understood 
or weighed by the church, *s it should be. We 
see many holding ihe otfice, who do not come up 
to the qualifications set forth in the Scriptures, 

d reached the office by accident, or getting into 

ihe royal line," so to speak, and so firmly are 
they ordained that nothing short of a criminal act, 
on their part, will relieve the church of their 
fatal power. A number of our churches are iu 
uius to-day on account of incompetent elders. 
When these things are seen iu reality, it looks as 
f our system were defective, or as if something 
should be done to keep out of that office those 
persons who "can not teach, and will not learn." 

My present purpose is to notice some of the 
difficulties in our system, hoping some of our 
more experienced brethren will enlighten us on 
the subject. 

1. Ordination comes before the church ih- 
various ways. Sometimes the candidate aspires 
for the otlice, aud, with a few friends, arrangements 
are made, the necessary help is secured, and the 
church is consulted by a private vote. The ques- 
tions are about half answered in the asking, or 
they are put in a shape looking towards a certain 
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the decision would be accordingly. This is no 
reflection on the intelligence of. the membership, 
for they are mostly taken on a surprise, and many 
do not just then think of qualifications, but just 
answer the questions as proposed. In this way 
elders who are friendly to a certain persoD, or 
scheme, can get accomplished just about what 
they wish, and have it said, that it was done by 
the church. This seems to be fair enough, but it 
is not, and advantage is taken of it. 

2. Again, the church needs an elder to watch 
over its interests. She has a number of preachers, 
some very good, active ones. The usage is to ad- 
vance the oldest. He may possess the qualifica- 
tions, but his days of active usefulness are about 
over in the world. But a still worse feature some- 
times appears. The older are not qualified, aud 
besides this the church does not want them, but 
they want the office. What now? Ordain two to 
get the one you wantV "We ought to have seen 
the impropriety of this long ago. Annual Meet- 
ing told us that the brother should be told of the 
objections, and if ho can remove them let him do 
so, and then give him the office. In most eases the 
objections are because of a lack of qualifications, 
or want of influence, or peculiar turn of mind, or 
extreme narrowness of views that he would not 
bear tolling of, and would or could not make bet- 
ter, if told. There arc churches in our Brother- 
hood on a dead-lock because they can not do what 
they want, and will not do what they can. 

3. Another difficulty, confronting the ordinati 
is a brother who is not in full sympathy with the 
peculiarities of the church. A remedy is provided 
for this by asking certain questions at the broth- 
er's induction into office. These are asked in a 
formal way, answered about the same, and that 
is about the end of the whole matter. If we elect 
a brother to office who is not a consistent private 
member, we can hardly expect a ahiniug light in 
the pulpit. If a minister is not in sympathy with 
the distinctive features of our Brotherhood, it 
can hardly be expected that bis ruling will be any 
better, his promises at ordination notwithstand- 
ing. 

4. Another difficulty is to know what to do with 
the superannuated elder— the one who has outlived 
his influence, — in second childhood, — utterly in- 
capable, as all well know, to attend to the wants 
of the church, but will not give it up. 

These difficulties are confronting us to-day. 
Our churches, in maDy places, are suffering from 
the effects of injudicious work in some way. The 
question is before us. We had better meet it 
than suffer. Referring to past decisions does not 
meet our wants. We need light on the subject. 
Let it be discussed in the light of truth and right, 



TO THE aUEEN'S DAUGHTERS. 

BY KATIE FLOHY COFFMAN. 

Sometime ago we told jou about the queen, and 
perhaps you recognized in her no other than your 
own mother. We hope so, and of course you will 
readily perceive to whom this article is addressed. 
There is nothing truer than that every Ameri- 
can woman may be a queen if she will. It is 
not our position in life, but the spirit in which 
our daily tasks are performed that gives us our 
crowns. 

Girls, have you ever thought of the fact, that 
all women are sisters in the one great family of 
humanity — sisters because we are all " Eve's 
daughters." Think of the power and responsibili- 
ty that are ours! We must make the future of 
the world whether we want to or not, and great is 
the debt of love we owe to our race. Think of 
woman, the last being created by God— created, 



leading him into sin, and bringing the curse of 
the Creator upon his own work! Look at the 
hundreds of thousands of immortal beings stn"- 
gering and reeling into the filth of the drunkard's 
gutter! Look at the numberless millions, who, 
with bloody hands and flaming Byes, are hurling 
each other into eternal destruction at thepoinl o! 
the bayonet! Look at the aggregate wretched- 
ness, and misery, and despair of all the ages hang- 
ing in the blaokness of unending darkueM above 
the heads of these fated wretches! Lcok at all 
this and then think that the gate of this road to 
perdition was opened by a woman's hand, aud 
that woman our common mother! Do you wonder 
that I say it is time to rouse to our duty? Time 
to recognize the fact that our sex is responsible 
for the weal or woe of humanity, to at least as 
great a degree as the opposite? 

Woman should be more than a household 
drudge— more than a butterfly of fashion. Girls, 
you have as good a right to earn your own iivin» 
as your brothers have to earn theirs, You have a 
better tight to win by your own exertions the 
"daily bread" for which you pray, than to ask it 
from a father whom you ought to bo aiding. 
And I ask you in all candor, Is it not more sensi- 
ble, moie honorable, more womanly to take the 
oars in your own hands and " paddle your own 
canoe," than to sit down idly and wait for some 
young man who has nothing better to do, to come 
along and paddle it for you? You may answer 
the question to suit yourselves. Your imaginary 
hero will probably come, and, feeling in need of 
some employment, will doubtless bo glad to take 
a sail with you. You may have a pleasant time 
pushing off from the shore, where the water is 
calm and smooth, but there are many eddies aud 
rapids farther down stream, through which only a 
clear head and strong arm can guide your little 
craft safely, and if in the hour of trial these be 
found wanting, alas! for the bonnie bark that 
sailed out from the flowery banks in the morning 
sunlight! 

Do not misunderstand me. If it were in my pow- 
er to impress in living characters on the heart of 
every American girl one fact, it should be this one, 
Home is a sacred, and holy, aud blissful reality, aud 
the wife and mother is queen of the richest realm 
of earth. " The homes of a nation are its strongest 
citadels," says one great in his knowledge of men 
and things. Heaven's treasures are poured out 
on the hearth of home as nowhere else in this 
wide world. The stroDg arms that win from 
earth, air, and sea the bounties that feed the na- 
tions, the sound brain3 that point the world to a 
progressive future, -the loviug hearls that lift 
humanity to higher planes; all these are born, and 
developed, and consecrated in homes whose meas- 
ureless influence for good will never be known un- 
til the Books are opened, and the angel of Life 
reads the eternal record. To a true women home 
is a heaven on earth— the central sun around 
which revolve the bright stars of peace, and rest, 
aud love. But this truest of treasures is never 
given to the giddy and frivolous. Home is a 
creation born of noble aspirations, high resolves, 
and patient toil in faith and hope. It is the field 
in which woman will ever bind her richest sheaves 
for the Master's harvest, bat listlessness, idleness, 
and vanity are canker-worms there, as every- where 
else. What we need, what the world needs, and 
must have, is true womanhood and true man- 
hood in every calling of life,- - men and women 
who will dare stand in defense of the right any- 
where, — men who regard duty as imperative on 
the farm as in the halls of government; women who 
think a housekeeper's life as trnly worth living 
as the life of a queen with jeweled scepter. What 



not so loud as the song of the rushiug river? What 
if the rain-drops should cease to fall beeauso the 
music of their pattering is drowned by the roar 
of the thunder? Then let us, each one, work on 
in his own proper sphere, bringing oar gifts, no 
matter how small, to the common altar of J, If- 
sacrifiee, knowing that, nieu look at our actions, 
but God measures our motives, and the reward of 
the faithful shall be the " inheritance that fadelh 
not away." 

Bridgeumier, ),,. 



Or what use iB the gold which will not stand 
tli" tost of the furnace but evaporates with the 
dross, or what value attaches to the ship which 
run u,,t resist the billows? Therefore tho faith 
which has uover been tried can not be known 
whether it be the true faith. If it evaporates in 
the fiery furnace of allliotion,— if it cowers in the 
presence of danger, it can bo of little service to its 
possessor. 

Faith makes heroes, men whosuffer all things, 
bear nil, sacrifice all, brave all; and aro serene 
when others are disturbed, attest when others 
nro disquieted, joyous when others are affrighted, 
confident when others ore in doubt, victorious 
when others nro defeate.l. (), for more of this 
kind to turn the world upside clown in this very 
proper aud conventional age! 

Faith is like the sweet violet which seeks the 
humblest places, for it is beautiful and fragrant in 
the lowly walks of life, and in its humble calling. 
It takes a constant and beautiful faith to bear the 
unremitliug friction of daily, momentary cares 
and annovuuees— to be patient, gentle, steadfast 
I" perform small duties in the spirit of great ones, 
to cheerfully carry tho mortar and stone which 
other more gifted Inborors aro building into tho 
temple,— aye, to be one of the little stones which 
are hidden away in tho wall, to comprehend the 
unity of life, and providence, and deBtiny, and bo 
content that, however small, wo are in Ood's sight 
a part of the glorious whole. 

Faith is also like the mighly oak which laughs 
at the storm, which, when built into the ship, di- 
vides the sea, It does not regard impossibilities, 
and is not discouraged by difficulties. It grap- 
ples with the giants,-Sin and Death. It con- 
quers the three great foes, World, Flesh and Dev- 
aughs in the face of fear, and is serene 
when even hope trembles. It storms the gates of 
light, and takes tho kingdom of heaven by force, 
though myriads of angels might resist. It out- 
liv.s death, and, like the stars, shines brightest in 
the midst of universal darkness. It kindles suns 
and gives each one a retinue of worlds. It pours 
the ocean of immortality into the bosom of eterni- 
ty, and gives each mariner a chart to golden 
shores and evergreen isles. 



he himself declared, to be a help-mate unto man, if the birds should cease their singing, because 
in the very first hours of innocence and happinees I the tribute of praise they offer their Creator is 



TnE Soul is LlTfi.— The wholo principle of tho 
steam-engine is also to be fouud in tho human 
frame which we all inhabit. There is an interior 
furnace which we furnish with stated supplies of 
food a regular draft of air feeding tho flame— 
motion is generated by the combustion, and tho 
wheels of life turn more or less rapidly, as this 
central engino happens to be in good or bad order. 
In these departments the occupant or soul of the 
human frame has no immediate control. Y^t the 
presence of the immortal soul is, indeed, indispen- 
sable, for the moment that it is gone, everything 
that is going on there ceases — the work-shop is 
quiet, the fires in the laboratory go out, the bat- 
teries and engines become useless; but as long as 
the ssul remains, all tho mechanical aud chemical 
processes will go on. 



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THE. GOSPRL MESSENGER. 



Jan. 22, 1889. 



OUR DIALOGUE. 



M \YM. St. LION. 



Number Four. 

Friend.— 1 have reflected a great deal npm 
what you said in our last conversation. I think 
so much about that class which must appear at 
the bar of God's judgment and justice, and there 
be condemned after Imving done so much, seem- 
ingly, for Christ— prophesied in his name— cast 
out devils— done many wonderful works— all in 
the name of Christ. Why must they be cast off 
after having done so mnoh in Jesus' name, no 
doubt believing it was all right? And now, since 
you believe so greatly in doing works in the name 
of Christ, so much more than many professiug 
Christians of other denominations, therefore, 
might it not be thai you will be among that num- 
ber, which is to be deceived at the judgment? 

Brother.— It you will answer my questions, I 
will let you decide for yourself in regard to fcbo*. 

b\ Very well. Proceed. 

B.—Dj yon know of anything that pertains to 
our faith, practice, or doctrine that is not derived 
from, or founded on the Bible? 

y. —I do not. 

R— Do you believe that the Bible contains any 
unnecessary things? 

/■'. -No; it would be quite wrong to conclude 
thatBogreat a Being as God would reveal unto 
man anything non-essential to his good or hap- 
piness, for "All Soripture is given by inspiration 
of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, 
for collection, for instruction in righteousness: 
that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly 
furnished unto all good works." 2 Tim. 3: 10, 17. 

/>'. — Very good; you have now admitted that we 
do not contend for auythiug that is not founded 
on the Bible; that the Bible contains no non-es- 
sentials. 

F. These things I believe. 

B,— Now we will soon be able to decide this 
question. ]>id you ever hear of a kind, loving, 
faithful father punishing his child because it had 
done something he had commanded, taught, or 
told it to do? 

F.—I never did. 

B.— Did you never know of a good parent chas- 
tising his child because it had failed to obey the 
rule or voice of its parent. 

F. — O yes. 

B. — Well, if God is our father, and we are his 
children, do you think he will ever be displeased 
with us because we obey his Word — obey that 
form of doctrine delivered unto us— obey him in 
all things whatsoever he haB commanded us — 
obey him with full assurance of faith? 

b\ — Surely, God will never be displeased with 
such filial obedience. 

B. — On the other hand, Bince you have admitted 
that God's law is perfect — no non-eBsentials 
in it —in case we should refuse to yield obedience 
to some of these mandates of heaven, do you not 
think it would be likely to incur the displeasure 
of Almighty God? 

/*'. — I fear it would fail to meet with God's 
divine aud righteous approbation. 

B. — Then, why need you think so strange of us 
for trying to follow out the sayings and commands 
of Jeaus? 

P\ — It would not seem strange at all, were it 
not that you observe some thiugs that are com- 
manded in but one place in the Gospel. 

B. — Please name one of those things. 

F> — There is feet-washing; John is tho only 
evangelist that names it; the others are all silent 
upon it; besides, the sipostles never afterward re 
hearsed it. 



B. — What was it you said about that obedient 
child awhile ago? Does it wait for more than 
one telling from its father? 

#_I_I_I_ 8 ee now. 

B. — Moreover, if a child is really true and faith- 
ful to its parent, it will act with obedience, even 
upon the slightest hint from its parent. How 
much more careful, then, should we be to obey 
him who speaketh from heaven? 

F.— That is all true, but now I want you to tell 
mo your reason for observing a thing not com- 
manded by Christ, but by the apoBtles after his 
death. 

B.— With all my heart. What is it you want ex- 
plained? 

F.—I learn that your church observes the salu- 
tation of the holy kiss, or kiss of charity. Christ 
says nothing about that. 

/'.— Again I will give you the privilege to 
make your own decision by your own reasoning. 

J*.— What more could I aBk? 

£.— Please read Heb. 10: 25. 

/''.—It reads thus: "Not forsaking the assem- 
bling of ourselves together, as the manner of 
some is." 

B. — Let that suffice. Who wrote that? 

/''.—The apostle Paul. 

B. — Had Christ ever said anything about that? 

J'\ — We have no record of it. 

B.— Do you think we should obey Paul in Heb. 
10: 25? 

7' 1 .— Yob; by all means. 

B.— Now read Paul in 1 Thess. 5: 20. "Greet 
all the brethren with a holy kisp." 

//.—Correct. Can you be a Christian and dis- 
regard Paul in Heb. 10: 25? 

F. — I can not. 

B. — Can you do right, then, and listen to Paul 
in 1 Thess. 5:26? 

F. — Not unlesB I can find some Scripture that 
will give me the right to select to suit myself. 

B. — Please find that Scripture. I must now 
leave you till next week. " Search the Scriptures." 

F. — Ah, if it were not for that one word— C-o-n- 
s-i-s-t-e-n-c-y! 

( To be Continued. ) 

HELPING ONE ANOTHER. 

BY SALOME A. STONEH. 

EARLY, in his dealings with men, God began to 
give lessons on the necessity of uniting efforts 
rather than making individual attempts to accom- 
plish any particular work. 

When the chosen people were completing their 
journey to the Promised Laud, where they were to 
be a separate nation under the guidance and teach- 
ing of God himself, and two tribeB and a half re- 
quested homes to be given them on the east side 
of Jordan, God and Moses granted the request on 
one condition, that they go with their brethren 
across, stand by them in camp, in march, and in 
battle, until they, too, had homes. Not that the 
nine and a half tribes could not furnish a suffi- 
cient number of soldiers, for success with them 
depended not upon numbers, but upon God's 
presence and help. They were to be interested 
in each other's welfare, aud alwayB remain a unit- 
ed people. For them to have reasoned among 
themselves, deciding that, since the conquest de- 
pended upon God's delivering the cities of Ca- 
naan into their hands irrespective of their strength 
or valor, it was not neceBsary for the forty thou- 
sand warriors to leave their homes and burden 
their journeying brethren with their company and 
Bustenance, might have seemed a prudent fore- 
sight. They might have attempted to compro- 
mise with God, by claiming that he would accept 
their great faith in his power and goodness in- 



stead of the obedience which he demanded. Such 
reasoning would doubtless have interfered with 
the western conquest and rendered void the east- 
ern claims. But they not only accompanied, but 
also took the front, and remained duiiog seven 
years of battle. No one, who reads the Bible, will 
doubt that this same teaching of helpfulness is 
continued in the instruction given by God's own 
Son; for we find him emphasizing the duty so 
strongly, as to declare a reward in keeping for any 
one who would so much help the Christian cause 
as to give one of its representatives a cup of wa- 
ter,— a little thing, indeed, but not too little to 
teach us that Christians need help, and that every 
one, from the greatest to the least, can give of that 
which iB needed. Since Jesus gave the command 
to preach his Word to every creature, we deem it 
our duty to so live and work that we may help to 
obey this last command. 

Often we arc perplexed because we know not 
what we can do; but no one, in a Christian com- 
munity, need delay for a lack of opportunity. All 
can give what will be accepted as a cup of water. 
Most Christians can multiply the cups, and some 
may hold their homes on condition that they help 
their brethren to the same blessing. 

In Ohio, about the city of Dayton, we are told, 
are a number of spiritual homes, while within the 
city a little band of the Master's children are sad 
because of the condition of the necessary tangi- 
ble symbol of their spiritual home. Little, old,, 
and common-place as it seems in the large city, 
they are content with it, if it were only theirs; 
but over it hangs a debt which they are unable to 
release, and whispers are being heard that it must 
be sold. 

The Bible teaches that one soul is worth more 
than all the world. It also teaches that souls are 
equally valuable, allowing me to understand that 
the soul of another person is worth as much in 
God's sight as mine; and I ought, therefore, to 
strive earnestly that other souls be saved, as well 
as mine. 

Here, then, is a field where the enemy is trying 
to drive out the possessors, and will Bucceed un- 
less help comes. We may conclude that if God 
desirea the present owners to keep their ground, 
he will sustain them; but his way of working is 
through his servants, not independent of them. 
If we are his servants, we can be found in no bet- 
ter place, we can be found in no other place, than 
in his service. 

It pleased God to have the smaller number, two 
and one-half tribes, help the larger number, nine 
and one-half tribes. Certainly it would please 
him to have the greater number help the lesser. 
Who will be the two and one-half tribes to help 
this one tribe subdue this foe of twelve hundred 
dollars? It will not require forty thousand sol- 
diers working Beven years. If forty thousand 
really wanted to help, they would need give but 
three centB each. 






CORRESPONDENCE 



From New Mexico. 



After reading the editorial in Messenger No. 
48, about the basket of fine fruit Bent by Mr. G. 
L. McDonaugh, from New Mexico, Bro. P. S. 
Brubaker, my wife and I left Lyons, Kans., Dec. 
17, en route for the Territory. We traveled over 
the famous A. T. & S. F. E, E., to Raton, N. M., 
where we were furnished a team and driver by the 



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THE. GOSPEL MESSENGER. 



Maxwell Land Co., who took us about forty miles 
Bouth over their vast tract of fine land, to their 
system of irrigation. Traveling south from Ra- 
ton, we passed through, the Crow Greek Valley, 
into the beautiful Vermejo, where the first ditch 
is located, the water being taken from the Verme- 
jo River through a ditch 21 feet wide and 13 miles 
long, striking the plain on the highest point, and 
giving a chance of carrying the water through 
laterals, both ways from the ditch. On the line 
of the ditch they have sixteen large reservoirs, or 
lakes, which they will fill, and from which they 
can draw, in case the river will not afford enough 
water during the dry season. The soil is of the 
very best, and, with plenty of water, will grow any 
kind of crop that is raised in that climate, al- 
though it is not a farming couutry at present, the 
chief industries being the raising of cattle, min- 
ing, lumbering, and the cultivation of fruit and 
vegetables. The Territory is mountainous, with 
rich valleys. We visited Mr. J. B. Dawson's farm 
and orchard, where we saw some very fine trees 
for their age. Mr. Dawson has 1,500 apple trees, 
ranging in age from two to seventeen years. He 
has 800 trees four years old; 250, of the Ben Davis 
variety, averaged two-thirds of a barrel to the tree. 
His apple crop last year made 500 barrels, which 
lie sold in the orchard at four cents per pound. 
He has a large orchard of pear trees four years 
old, which made one bushel to the tree, and sold 
at ten cents per pound. He had 75 bushels of 
Early Richmond cherries, which he sold at eight 
cents per pound, 175 bushels of plums at sis cents 
per pound. He has had a large peach crop; his 
trees, though seventeen years old now, have had a 
full crop for ten years, and are yet as thrifty as 
any young trees. Butter sells at 35 to 50 cents 
per pound; eggs, 25 to 40 cents per dozen; lumber 
at the mills is worth S10 to $14 per thousand feet; 
coal at the mines sells at SI. 25 per ton. Wood is 
plenty and cheap. The climate is mild and, they 
claim, very healthy. Land under the ditch sells 
at $12.50 per acre, one-seventh cash, balance in 
six Bnnual payments at seven per cent interest. 

We attended one meeting at Raton, So far as 
we could learn, there are no members in the Ter- 
ritory. There are many things to consider before 
locating there, but any one with a few cows, poul- 
try, and a few acres in garden could do well. All 
kinds of produce will always bring a good price, 
as the miners consume more than can be raised 
there. Raton is a division on the road, where the 
Company has a large repair shop, roundhouse 
and large coal mines. The monthly payment to 
the hands in the shops and mines amounts to 
$65,000. 

Any one having a desire of locating there had 
better go there and investigate for himself. That 
couutry is included in the Master's language when 
he said, " Go into all the world and teach all na- 
tions." The society seems to be as good as could 
be expected among the class that are in the ma- 
jority. I. H. Crist. 

Olatke, Kans. 

From Virden, 111. 

This morning (Jan. I), '89 (finds the writer in 
the pleasant borne of Eld. Joseph Hardhbarger. 
The last point at which we labored for the Lord's 
cause in a continued meeting, before leaving 
Missouri, was with the Brethren in the Dry Fork 
church, Jasper county. This congregation is 
under the oversight of Eid. Wm. Harvy. They 
built themselves a good, comfortable meeting- 
house. They have a good country to show to 
you, and will divide it with you for a reasonable 
consideration. My stay with them was too short 
to finish up the work as it should have been. 
From that point we came to our home in Centre 
View, Mo., and spent one Lord's day with the 



little flock at that place. Then, again boarding 
the train for Illinois, the first place of work was 
with the disciples and people of the West Otter 
Creek congregation, in Macoupin county. My aim 
was to divide six weeks between three congrega- 
tions, but when the two weeks were up at Otter 
Creek, it was clearly to be seen that it was not the 
part of wisdom to close then. So we decided to 
give them four more days, and when these four 
days were up, it was manifested, beyond a ques- 
tion of doubt, that the time had not yet come to 
close. But we did close at that place, and moved 
about four miles to the Pleasant Hill congrega- 
tion, and a goodly number from the Otter Creek 
are still attending here. 

Now, perhaps, a good many are ready to inquire, 
" Why hurry home so soon?" I answer, Because 
of the home church. We need an elder to locate 
among us who can be there regularly. Bro. 
Witmore and I are both away a great portion of 
our time, and it seems next to impossible to have 
it otherwise. Being afflicted as I am, I can do 
nothing for myself or family. To remain and 
fill the appointments at the home church, twice 
or three times a month, and so many calls for the 
doctrine to be preached, and the principles of our 
church to be established, — I confess that I can not 
see my way clear to do it. Can we not find a broth- 
er somewhere, who will locate among us, and 
care for the home church? Let us hoar from you. 
Address the undersigned at Centre View, Mo. 
A. Hutchison. 

From Middle Creek Church, Somerset Co., Pa. 

According to previous arrangements, Bro. Z, 
Annon, from Taylor county, WeBt Virginia, came 
among us Dec. 15th, and commenced preaching in 
the Fairview meeting-house the same evening. He 
continued until the evening of Dec. 20th, deliver- 
ing, in all, seventeen discourses. Believers were 
encouraged on their way Zionward, and sinners 
were warned to flee the wrath to come. 

Four precious souls left the ranks of Satan and 
applied for admittance into the fold. They were 
young in years, ranging from twelve to fourteen 
years old. May they be bright and shining 
lights, and show by their conversation and con- 
duct that they are no more the children of this 
world! There are others who are halting between 
two opinions. May they not put off the one thing 
needful until it will be forever too late! 

U. D. Bhaucheb, 

From Sand Brook Church, N. J. 

The brethren and sisters of this church were 
very much built up and encouraged to press on, 
by the coming of the following brethren among 
us. 

Nov. 17th Bro. Jonas H. Price, Jr., from the 
Springfield church, Bucks county, Pa., came and 
labored with us until the 22nd, when he was com- 
pelled to go home. We wanted him to remain 
with us longer, but he could not do so at that 
time. Bro. Price is a skillful expounder of the 
Word. 

Nov. 20th Bro. Hilary Crouthamel and wife, 
from the Hatfield church, Montgomery county, 
Pa , accompanied by Bro. S. B. Zug and wife, 
from Lancaster county, drove over to our meet- 
ing, a distance of about twenty-eight miles. That 
evening Bro. Zug preached a very interesting and 
able sermon from Mark 4: 38. They were only 
with us for one meeting. 

On the 22nd Bro. F. P. Cassel, also from the 
Hatfield church, came to us and continued the 
meeting. We were glad to see him in our midst 
again. 

On the 24th Bro. Jacob Conner, from Chester 
county, also came to assist us in oar meetings, and 



remained with us until the following Monday. 
This was the first time Bro. Conner has over bsen 
with us. He enjoyed his visit with ue, aud we 
hope he may be spared to come again. 

During our meotings we had good attendance 
and attention. Ono preciouBsonl came out on the 
Lord's side, and was baptized. 

From here we went up to Kiugwood, n distance 
of about five or six miles, and held almost a 
Week's meeting. Bra Cassol preached for thorn 
on Monday evening, and started for his home on 
Tuesday morning. The people up there seem to 
be anxious to have the Brethren preach for them. 
Although we had no additions while there, yet we 
hope lasting impressions were made. We need 
help here in New Jersey. Brethren, come soon 
again- C. W. Moore. 

Notes by the Way. 

DEOEMBEIt Mth we boarded the train for West 
Virginia, and arrived at Martiusburg tho same 
evening. We had a meeting on tho 15th. Ou the 
16th we went south, near Teetowu, aud held meet- 
ings at a school-house until the 27th. We thou 
returned to Martinsburg and held meetings there, 
and in the school-house near town, till the follow- 
ing Sunday eveuing. This is where Bro. John 
Brindle labors. He has a large territory, and the 
members live somewhat scattered. Bro. I. Turn- 
er is his co-laborer. Bro. Brindle is the elder, 
and, I think, makes great sacrifices for the cause. 
Here is room for the missionaries. Much labor 
needs to be done on the outskirts, and among the 
isolated and the poor, who are often neglected as 
to their spiritual wants. 

If we could only get all our brethren aud sis- 
ters to see the need of aiding the missionary 
workl O the good we might dot We should 
send tracts to every land and nation. Then, too, 
we have good German brethren; why not send 
them back to the land of the first Brethren? 

8. H. Mvehs. 

From Farwell, Texas. 

Oou Sunday-school in Farwell is an "Ever- 
green." We are continuing every Sunday. The 
teacher of the juvenilo elaBs told her pupils some 
time ago that if they would attend regularly, she 
would give them a present on Christmas. 

My wife and I were specially invited to attend 
school upon that occasion. The teacher desired 
me to talk to the children about Christmas and 
about Christ, and I consented, and when tho talk 
was ended, we were invited to partake of a few re- 
freshments. The table was spread with water- 
melons, cakes, candies, pea-nuts, etc. These nice, 
red, Bweet watermelons were grown right here. 
They were not "shipped in," as they would have 
to be at many other places, in order to have them 
on Christmas. You can not surpass the Panhan- 
dle of Texas in watermelons and evergreen Sun- 
day-schools. The weather all through December 
has been very nice. John Wise. 

From Cold Water Church, Greene, Butler Co., la. 

December 27th, at the close of some meetings 
held by Bro. David Eby, two young sisters came 
out on the Lord's Bide. 

Bro. J. F. lkenberry, our elder, then continued 
the meeting Friday and Saturday evenings, when 
one more, a young man, came out boldly and made 
the good confession. All three were baptixpd on 
Sunday, Dec. 30th, in the clear waters of the 
Shell Bock River. It was a solemn scene, and 
witnessed by a large crowd of spectators. 

Since that time one more has made application 
for baptism. Two were reclaimed that had with- 
drawn their membership several years ago. 

J. D. Shook. 



THE- GOSPEL MESSENGER. 



Jan. 22, 1889. 



The Gospel Messenger, 

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Business Manager. 

ii. 



In the Almanac Bra Michael Clusr's address 
hould be Clayaburg, Pa., instead of Fulton Co., 
_a. Wo are Borry the error occurred. Those 
who desire to write hi tu will pleaBe make a note 
of this. _____ 

Bno. Henry Fiiantz informs us that Bm. L. H. 
Dickey will hold meetings in the Donald's Creek 
church the latter part, of this month, aud that Bro. 
J. II. Miller will preach in the town of Carlisle, 
mine church district, in February. 



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There *re, at the present time, a good many 
improvements being made in the City of Jerusa- 
lem. The Jews are especially active in putting 
up now buildings and making improvements. 
The lluseinus ami Germans are also taking some 
interest in Hie work. The project for building a 
railroad from Joppato Jerusnlem is also again be- 
ing agitated, and the day may come when the 
rumbling of n train of cars and the whistle of the 
locomotive may bo heard on the plains of Sharon 
and Ajnlon and among the hills of Judea, It will 
Bound slrange enough, indeed, to travelers, to hear 
the conductor call out, " Joppa," "Lydda," "Kir- 
jeath-jesrim," "Jerusalem." It will seem almost 
like sacrilege, but the road isn't built yet, and is 
not likely to bo for some time to coiue. 



Mount Morris, III., 



Jan. 22, 1889, 



Alt, articles and correspondence for 
publication in the Messenger should 
bo addressed to the Oilier Editor, Messenger, Mt. 
Morris, 111. This will prevent delay. Our cor- 
respondents will please make a note of this. 

Bun. Sharr says there are 150 students enrolled 
at McPherBon College. More than half are Breth- 
ren's children. 

Bno. J. C. Lauman aud wife are now enjoying 
the mild climnlr of Florida. He writes of oranges 
and garden vegetables in a way that makes the 
ollico editor wish he were there too. We hope 
our brother aud sister will enjoy their stay in the 
South and return to us with renewed health. 

Owing to the great rush of business at our of- 
fice, at the opening of the uew year, delays occur, 
ami Eometimes errors are made. We hope our 
patrons will have patience with us. In a few 
weeks we shall be over the rush. In the mean- 
time, if mistakes occur, please notify us promptly. 

In the Supplement, enclosed with this issue 
of the MESSEKQBB, our readers will hud,— besides 
a list of soe.ls by Bro. A. E. Weaver, of Syracuse, 
Ind.,— a complete list of the celebrated "Oxford" 
Teachers' Befereuce Bibles. With the conveni- 
ences afforded by this edition of the Sacred Word, 
it needs only to be seen to be appreciated. 






The use of strong drink in France has pro- 
gressed, according to some authorities", at a great- 
er ratio than in any other country in the world. 
The results are made apparent by the fact that, 
from 1870 (o 18S5, the number of suicides from 
drunkenness has increased sixfold, while caEos of 
madness, traceable to the same cause, have in- 
creased from nine to sixteen per cent, and acci- 
dental deaths have increased twenty per cent. 



The lesson, taught by Christ in the parable of 
the talents and in the case of the rich young man, 
should be sufficient to show us, as Christians, that 
wo are but stewards in this world. The money 
and property which God gives us is ours only in 
truBt and not in deed, and God will just as surely 
call us to account for the use we make of our mon- 
ey in this world as he will for the use we make of 
our time aud of our mental faculties. We are 
I much too apt to look upon our possessions iu this 
| world as our own. Dr. Strong in " Our Country " 
iters to this feature of this error in the following 
forcible language, "What is needed is not simply 
an increased giving, an enlarged estimate of the 
Lord's share, but a radically different conception 
of our relation to our possessions. Most Chris- 
tian men need to discover that they are not pro- 
pi ietors, apportioning their own, but simply trus- 
tees or managers of God's property. All Chris- 
tians would Edmit that there is a sense in which 
their all belongs to God, but deem it a very poet- 
ical sense, wholly unprncticable and practically un- 
real. The great majority treat their possessions 
exactly as they would treat property, use their 
substance exactly as if it were their own. Chris- 
tians, generally, hold that God has a thoroughly 
roal claim on some portion of their income, possi- 
bly a tenth, more likely no definite proportion; 
but some small part, they acknowledge, belongs 
to bim, and they hold themselves in duty bound 
to use it for him. God's claim to the whole rests 
on exactly the same ground as his claim to a part. 
As a Creator he must have an absolute ownership 
in all his creatures. Does one-tenth belong to 
God? Then ten-tenths are his. He did not one- 
tenth create us and we nine tenths create our- 
selves. He did not one-tenth redeem and we 
nine-tenths redeem ourselves. If his claim to a 
part is good, his claim to the whole is equally 
good. His ownership in us is no joint affair. We 
are not in partnership. All that we are and have 
is utterly hi", and his only. All that we are and 
have is utterly his, and his only " We will do well, 
as stewards of God's bounty, to ponder well these 
words of wisdom. As trustees of Gods means 
wc are placed uuder grave responsibility; so grave 
that tho Master himself ence said that it is hard 
for a rich man to be saved. We need to prayer- 
fully consider this matter, aud when we have done 
o v,,. will doubtless oonolude that "cf our entire 
possessions, every ilvllar, every cent is to le em- 
I ployed in the loos thai will hest honor God." 



"Discipline, the safe-guard of hope, the bond 
of faith, the guide of the way to salvation, the 
stimulus and nourishment of good dispositions, 
the teacher of virtue, causes us to abide always m 
Christ, and to live continually for God, and to at- 
tain to the heavenly promises and to the divine 
To follow her is wholesome, and to tui n 
away from her and neglect her is deadly."— Cypri- 

i. ^ 

" Thehe is a wide difference between waiting 
and delaying. Waiting is remaining inactive be- 
fore the time for action has arrived. Delaying is 
remaining inactive after the time for action has 
arrived. No man's work is delayed if God has 
called him to another work meanwhile. No man 
has a right to wait for that service to which God 
has assigned ' to-day.' And herein is a thought, 
of cheer for those whom God has called to wait, 
and a thought of warning to these whom God calls 
not to delay." 

It is a common thing for the opponents of 
Christianity to point to the wars that have been 
waged during the last eighteen centuries, and 
charge them upon the Christian religion; when 
in truth there never was, and there never will be, 
such a thing as a Christian war. Men who pro- 
fessed to be followers of Christ have, it is true, 
engaged in war, but when they did so they forgot 
the teachings of their Master, who was pre-eminent- 
ly a man of peace. "It is as easy," says a learn- 
ed writer of the lost century, "to obscure 
the sun st midday, as to deny that the primitive 
Christians renounced all revenge and war." Well 
might he so write. The life of Christ, his example 
and precepts are a protest against war and re- 
venge. Here are some of the words that condemn 
war in unmistakable terms; 

" I say unto you, that ye resist not evil." 

" Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy 
neighbor and hale thine enemy: but I say unto you, Love 
your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them 
that hate you."— Matt. 5: 39, 43, -It- 

» Blessed are the peacemakers: lor they shall be called the 
children of God. 1 '— Matt. 5: 9. 

" Have peace one with another." — Mark 9: so. 

" My kingdom is not of this world ; if my kingdom were of 
this world, then would my servants fight."— John iS: 36. 

" See that none render evil lor evil unto any man."— 1 Thcss. 



"God hath called us to peace." — 1 Cor 7: 15. 
"Follow after love, patience, meekness." — "Be gentle, 
showing all meekness unto all men."—" Live in peace." 
■' Let all bitterness and wrath, and anger and clamor, and 
il speaking, be put away from you with all malice." 
" Avenge not yourselves."—" If thine enemy hunger, feed 
mi if he thirst, give him drink." — " Recompense to no man 
il for evil."—" Overcome evil wilh good." 



HELPFUL MESSAGES. 

The enlarged Messenger has called forth many 
kind words from our brethren. Some of them 
come in response to a request, to some of the 
brethren, to carefully examine .the enlarged Mes- 
senger and express an opinion in regard to it. 
OtherB, and there are numbers of them, came 
without request, and all, we have reason to believe, 
came from the hearts of the writers. We have 
selected a few of them for publication, with the 
hope that these words of encouragement will help 
our agentB to extend the circulation of the Mes- 
senger. Let each one make a new effort in this 
direction, and we feel sure that your labors will 
be rewarded. To our brethren who have thus 
kindly noticed the Messenger and its work, we 
are greatly indebted, and you have our best 
thaukB. These helpful messages lighten the bur- 
den and give us a new incentive to make the Mes- 
senger in every way worthy the confidence be- 
stowed upon it, and this will we do os God gives 
us ability and grace for the work. 



THR GOSPEL MESSENGER. 



The first number of the enlargfd Messenger is at hand. 

In both size and appearance, it is fully up to my expectations. 
Considering the price, it compares well \vi h any religions 
journal in this country, aid u.cugh its circulation is large, 
still it is nothing like what it ought to be. It seems to me 
that every family in our Brotherhood should take this paper, 
and I believe that most of ihem would if the matter were pre- 
sented to ihein in the proper shape. In this age the paper 
has become a necessity, and thouM be given every possible 
encouragement, especially since the Brethren have been at so 
much expense to bring out a good, large paper. The paper 
has made many changes from the time the Gospel 1 'isitor 
started to the present, having had, during that lime, about 
fifteen editors, all of whom are still living save two, and I be- 
lieve both of them died while on their knees in Hie act of 
prayer. So far as 1 am affected, personally, these changes, 
in my mind, have all been for the belter, and it seems to me 
that the Lord has had a hand in the work from the beginning, 
and is sttll working out some thing in the paper line, the end 
of which I do not yet see. Some of us who have plaj ed an 
important part in this woik, in days oE yore, can now see 
where we put the Lord to a good deal of trouble, hut he »'as 
patient, the difficulties have unraveled themselves, ami soon 
the Brotherhood is likely to take hold of the project and thus 
perfect a work that was earnestly begun years ago Con- 
cerning the hand of the Lord in our newspaper work one 
might write an interesting article. 

After glancing over the contents of the Messenger, I 
looked at the names that are now on the editorial page, and 
was deeply impressed with the thong lit that he who, for years, 
has stood at the head of the staff, has had his name removed. 
He was the only editor, to my knowledge among us, who 
wore a silver crown, and lie was, so to speak, translated from 
the midst of Ins brethren, and perhaps there is not one who 
feels inclined to fill the place that he has left vacant. I think 
of him often, for I now have more interest in heaven than I 
used to have. In that goodly land beyond the stars are our 
own loved and most devoted friends. And while I love the 
MESSENGER, and read with interest the articles, and appreci- 
ate the improvements, etc., I long for news from the land 
beyond the river, where dwell the loved ones that are wailing 
for us. Years will come and g«, the paper will do its work, 
but by and by the editors and their dear ones who have served 
you in the past, as well as those who are now serving you, 
will be looking for each other in that genial clime above. 

J. II. MOORK. 

The editors of the Messenger have enlarged our paper, 
giving us more reading matter, voluntarily, free of charge, 
and without our request. This shows thai they take an in- 
terest in the good of the church, at a large expense to them- 
selves, not asking us to pay our money for it, only to try to 
enlarge the circulation of the paper, which will not only he 
their benefit, but also that of the church. We are glad that 
we have a church paper and one only of the kind we have. 
Had we never had but one, when our brethren were pulling 
in different dir. ctions at Daylon, Ohio, at Tyrone City and 
Myersdale, Pa , we might, perhaps, he a united church yet. 
We are glad, however, that the Lord did not leave the church 
when the contending parties went out. We feel that we now 
have a paper that we all love to read, because the right spirit 
is in it, and while this is the case, let us take, some pains to 
get as many as we can to read it, that they may be glad also. 
A paper like ours gives us a correct knowledge of the condi- 
tion and progress of the church. David Rupel. 

Having just iini-hed rending No. i of enlarged Mi-'ssen- 
ger, I am impressed with the idea that now, more than ever, 
should each one of its many readers make an effort to pro- 
cure one or more new subscribers, in order to enlarge its field 
of usefulness, and in some measure compensate the brethren 
for their untiring efforts to give us a paper that is a credit to 
our Brotherhood and a power for good, both in and out of the 
church. Can not each one of us think of some son, daughter, 
or friend, out on the frontier, without church facilities, whose 
heart could be gladdened and life encouragrd and made h c t- 
ter by sending them the Messenger for the year 1SS9? In 
this way new fields may be opened for the living missionary 
and souls saved. Do not use your own Messenger for 
waste paper. It is too good for that Keep your papers 
clean, and distribute them after reading, and thus have them 
do double work for the Master. Daniel Vaniman. 



Having been a reader of The Pilgrim, Primitive Christian 
ind Brethren til Work, before consolidations, and of the Gos- 
>el Messenger since its first issue, jou willplease allow me 
.he liberty of saying, through your columns, as an apprecia- 
ion of your endeavors, that I consider the Gospel MbsskN- 
_,er far superior in matter under iis present management than 
iny of the publications preceding ir, and the recent improve- 
nents in size, made gratuitously, but necessarily at a heavy 
expense to its owners, are worthy of commendation and an 
ncreased patronage. I shall 2Ct accordingly. 



W. CTeete 



The first number of the Mass -:m.i-:k, In it- enlarged form, 
comes to us brimful of well-written articles of suitable variety. 
We trust it may retain its high standard with which it has 
begun the year. The enlarged size of the paper will give lis 
quite an amount of adduijnal reading matter, wl.ich, with the 
improved quality of the paper, should call forth additional ef- 
forts among its readers to extend us circulation in the same 
proportion. S. Z. SHARP, 

The first number of the MESSENGER came duly to hand 
with quite an Improvement. The paper is much larger, and 
there is more reading matter. With the efforts yon have 
made, I think your agents can take courage to pies- Hair 
claims, and increase its circulation, that good and profitable 
literature may be in the reach of everyone, instead of so much 
misleading and fictitious matter now in circulation. I hope 
your efforts wMI be crowned with success. David Long. 

Fairplay, Afd. 



Sure enough, here it is according to promise, and contains 
enough to take it up several times to finish reading it! It Is 
filled with news from the churches, additions by baptism, re- 
ports of workers in the fields, essays, observations, lessons of 
truth, and Scriptural explanations, so well adapted to the pe- 
culiar tastes of the many, that each reader may be edified. 
As a church paper, itdeseryi s l<i lie appreciated, as it is. The 
selection- are good, and its inlluence can not fail to be profit- 
able, and now, in its enlarged foiin, and the care with which 
it is edited, uc hope it will gain a large patronage. May suc- 
cess crown the efforts of the brethren publishing it! 



S. 



Mo 



I have just given the first number of the enlarged MESSEN- 
(.ich a careful and citlcal examination, and must say that I 
am well pleased with it. Most assuredly the church ought to 
feel grateful lu the Company for thus giving us a paper calla- 
ble of enlarged usefulness and that, loo, without any addition- 
al expense to subscribers. I do hope that the " earnestness of 
the spirit " in our brethren and sisters will prompt them to do, 
" with all their might," vhnl they can, to greatly enlarge the 
circulation of the Messenger, that it may be a greater pow- 



for 



jospel 



) the 1 



•rid i 



fireside of every member of the body of Clnist. f hope each 
reader will get at least one new subscriber. J. S. Frouv. 
Tnhunga, Cal. 

Dear Messenger:— 

Your weekly visits to our sanctum have been a source of 
joy to us, being a medium through which we gather many 
" royal crumb-. " by leading the many essays brimful of spir- 
itual food for digestion and absorption. We also learn of the 
prosperity of God's cause among men, and hold sweet eon- 
verse with one another, although in the flesh we are strangers, 

We are glad you made the sudden growth that came with 
'So, thus enlarging _\ uur facilities for good. We never tire of 
hearing men of wisdom and grace discourse on the things lhal 
pertain to our eternal interests. llow it strengthens and en- 
cou ages the pilgrim to read of the sacrifices made by the 
Lord's people and the stream of blessings Cod pours out upon 
them! 

Now, may all the conlr bulors be guided by the Holy Spir- 
it, that their essays may be replete with the wisdom that coni- 
eth riown from above. May you, de.r editors, have a douhle 
portion of God's spbit, that you may continue to give tin a 
good Christian journal, and may not only its pages he en- 
larged, but may its field of usefulness and inlluence he en- 
larged! May the Mj-:s-icn<;ku go forth hearing precious seed, 
that you may come with lejoicing, bringing your -heaves 
with you! Amen. W. R. Deetkr. 

To the editors of the Messenger, as co-worscrs together 
with us in the Gospel of Christ, f bid Godspeed during the 
newyearof 1SS9. May the God of heaven grant you heaven- 
ly wisdom and grace sufiicient to be guided all through the 
year by his Holy Spirit, to keep the enlarged MESSENGER 
pore from any and everything that might mar that love, that 
must unite editors and contributors, to push forward the work 
of the Lord! May the Messen<;i:r gain the love and resprct 
of every brother and sister that reads it, and may the church, 
as a unit, send her prayers to God that its messages may be 
so ordered and directed by the Holy Ghost as to be a power 
for good in evvry family where il makes its weekly visits, is 






t praye 



More especially should this be every brother's and sister's 
aim and prayer, because by their charitable contributions it is 
sent out to so many as a missionary, to such as have not yet 
embraced the full Gospel trulh. May every number bring 
with it pure Gospel truth, which is the power of God unto 
salvation unto every one that belitveth. 

May the Lord abundantly bless you, and may the church 
richly assist you in the sacrifice you had to make in the en- 
largement of the paper. Let Its all help to hear the burden, 
as the benefit is ours! John Forney. 

Abilene, Kans. 



D u '/■ ■■■ ■.-.»-. - 

I have rend Nos. 1 and .-, and find you full of soul-food for 
the saints. The make-up, contents nnd spirit are honorable to 
God and your owners. I love your mission and welcome 
you to my family. M. M. Esiielman. 



[ am well pleased with the Messenger, and hope that u 

may be a cower for good, and may all families In the Broth- 
crhbod become renders of the same, so that all may learn 
what the work of the church is and attain to a greater degree 
of diligence hi the work! Success I > the good cause! 

Daniel Landis. 

We-hall the Messenger in Us enlarged forml it surely 

contains a large amount of wholesome reading matter, for the 
small sum Of $1.50 All the members should read ft, and 
help enlarge its 1 orders. One of my subscribers paid for live 
copies Cannot; many others do likewise? One of the best 
ways to circulate Ihe Brethren's doctrine among others, is, 
donate the paper to them. Amanha Wii.mori.. 

I have received the first number of the enlarged Gospel 

Mr — 1 m.ii:, and am much pleased both with Its appearance 

and contents. The typography Is excellent, and its columns 

are replete with valuable and interesting matter, The motto 
of the paper, "Set for the Defense of the Gospel," Is one 
which our church can surely indorse. We trust the GOSPBL 
MesSKNOKB may meet with the financial success which Its 
merits deserve, and that the members, who are not now sub- 
scribers, may see their way clear to lake the paper, starting tn 
with Meant year. A. W. Ki.im,. 

Warrmtbnrg, Mo. 



I am favorably impressed with the enlarged Mki.m mm u, 
and would encourage every family of the Brethren to take It, 
because, if carefully read, il will he of service in assisting 
them in the development of the Christian character and ena- 
ble them to exercise an Inlluence for good upon their family 
and others. 

I like it because Of the useful lessons contained In the essays 
which, as it should be, occupy a reasonable part of Its col- 
umns. I like it because of the Information It brings of the 
workings of the Brethren evcry-where. I especially like the 
sentiments expressed jn the article on the third page, under 
"Christian Equality." B F. MoOMAW. 

I am well pleased with the enlarged paper. It is gpli ndld, 
May God bless you in the grand work you are doing for the 
church and humanity. I have been trying to get every fami- 
ly of our congregation to take il. I have not learned how 
our agent Is working. I asked him to push the matter strong- 
ly, and give all an opportunity of reading the Brethren'* pam- 
per. I have made two public appeals In behalf of the Mies- 
-KNi, 1 k, showing the advantages to he gained by reading it. 
I tell them 1 would not do without It under any considera- 
tion. Let us all push il, so it will he the best, largest, and 
most perfect periodical in the world. May 'Sy be the best I 
May God's grace sustain you in the work! 



Mansfield, III. 



The enlarged Gusri 1. Messknukr came to hand duly, and 
1 have this to sayof its general appearance and make-up: It 
Is superior to any periodical ever published hy the Brethren, 
without casting any unfavorable reflections on past efforts, — 
for certainly imfrovcim »! should be the result of experience,— 
and, being a Gospel Messenger, there can be no better paper 
in the world. 

Now, since heavy expenses have been Incurred to make 
those improvements, without an increase of the subscription 
price, the publishers are justly entitled to a large Increase of 
circulation. I can certainly recommend this Gospel angel as 
a welcome and wholesome visitor to every household in the 
land; and It would be a blessing if the flapping of its wings 
could be heard and felt in the midst of every family in the 
Brotherhood, and every other family. Lewis W. Ti ki i k, 

f/agCI'St0W/, /"■!- 

I have just finished reading the first number of the enlarged 
Gospel MESSENGER, and am highly pleased with it in every 
respect. With thepure and wholesome Christian spirit which 
it breathes, it brings a feast of fat things, each week, to every 
family it visits. With Its Gospel principles and its aim to 
unite the religious sentiments of its readers, il drives out dis- 
cord and creates peace and harmony among us. 

When we consider what it has already done, what it is now 
doing, and what it may yet do, if properly encouraged, cer- 
tainly every family among the Brethren should welcome it 
to their midst. Now, since our editors have enlarged the pa- 
per, and thereby incurred an additional expense without in- 
creasing the subscription price, we should show our apprecia- 
tion of their efforts by laboring to increase the circulation of 
the paper. Thus the editors m'ght be remunerated and many 
families blessed with a weekly Gospel Messenger. 

L. H. DiCKEV. 



THE. GOSPEL MBSSHNGE.R. 



Jan. 22, 1880. 



FORGIVING AND HEALING/ 



The scene of tli» lessjn is laid in Capernaum, 

a city Unit had many illustrations) of the power 
and goodness of God. In Matthew 11: 23, Christ 
speaks of it as "exalted to heaven," by which he 
means that it enjoyed great privileges. It wan 
rich and prosperous, but, above all, it was signal- 
ly favored by the presence, preaching, and mira- 
cles of Jeeus. 3 n consequence of theBe privileg- 
es, it was brought under greater responsibilities; 
"for," says Jeeu--, "if the mighty works which 
have been done in thee, had been done in Sodom, 
it would have remained until this day." But, be- 
cause it did not improve its opportunities, it ib 
pooitively declared that Sodom will faro better in 
the day of judgment. And so it is to-day. We 
are held responsible for our opportunities. Ca- 
pernaum enjoyed greater advantages than Sodom, 
and we enjoy Btill greater privileges than Caper- 
naum. If we fail to improve our privileges, what 
will be our lot? We now have God's will plainly 
revealed. We have the church, with all its at- 
tendant means. For these privileges God will 
hold us responsible. Read Luke 12: 48. 

From the narrative we would infer that there 
was a great excitement in the city. Wonderful 
reports were, doubtless, circulated about Jesus' 
power to euro diseases. And need we wonder 
when we think of how the fame of some physi- 
cians spreads now? Most any quack can come 
into a town or city and get up an excitement 
among the people, but here was a physician above 
all others, one who never failed in effecting a 
cure, and the news of his ability, no doubt, travel- 
ed far and fast. Many came unto him, some that 
were diseased, and some to Bee and hear. So 
great was the crowd that there was no room for 
them in the house, but plenty of room in the 
great, sympathetic heart of Jesus. 

The friends of a certain sick man, becoming 
much excited by the information obtained, re- 
solved to put the power of Christ to a teBt by an 
experiment. Their Bick friend being entirely 
helpless, four of them determined to carry him to 
(he famous healer. But the throng was bo great 
that they could not get into the house. What 
now c mid they do? Wbb their plan to be frus- 
trated? No. "Where there is a will there is a 
way." They took their sick friend to the top of 
the house, uncovered the roof, and let down the 
bed wherein he lay, into the presence of Jesus. 
From this incident we glean some lessons, 



We should be interested in those who are suf- 
fering, and. in consequence of this, it is made a 
duty to visit the sick, and help them. But while 
we should visit, sympathize with, and assist those 
who ere physically diseased, it is no less a duty to 
be concerned for those who are spiritually sick. 
And how many there are all around us who are 
thus afflicted. Are we concerned? 

II. THE MAN WAS HELPLESS. 

So is the sinner. "No man can come unto me 
except the Father draw him." 



It required no little effort to press through the 
crowd, ascend to the house-top, uncover the roof, 
and let him down. This persistency Bhould char- 
acterize those who would lead souls to Christ. 

*L«MOn IV., Mark Z; ] 12, 



We should oven go in the hedges and highways 
and compel them to come in. 



When Jesus saw their faith, he proceeded at 
once to effect the cure. So, in our efforts to bring 
lost souls to Christ, we must believe in his power 
to save them. 

We now turn our attention to Christ's treatment 
of the man. He did not say to the paralytic, 
llise and walk." He said not a wonl about his 
physical condition, nor gave a hint of relief from 
bodily ailment. Simply, "Thy sins be for- 
given thee." How strangely that utterunce must 
have Bounded! The faithless, envious bystanders 
said it was blasphemy; that no one had power to 
forgive sins but God. They were light, but they 
failed to perceive that God manifest iu the tlesh 
stood before them. The objection, however, only 
afforded Christ an opportunity to assert his claim 
to divinity. "Do yon think," said he, "it is easi- 
er to say, Thy Bins be forgiven thee than to heal 
this man's bodily infirmity? If you consider this 
presumption, I will show that I have power to 

re both soul and body." Then he said to the 
sick of the palsy, " Arise, take up thy bed, and 
walk." He arose and departed, leaving behind 
him, doubtless, the conviction that he had power 
to cure both soul and body. This incident teach- 
es us some important lessons. 

I.- -Thai Christ regards our highest need. 

This man had a paralyzed body, the most dis- 
tressed condition possible for any one to be in. 
He was dependent upon his family for every- 
thing; perhap3 he could not move a foot or arm 
without assistance. What an object of pity! But 
Jesus knew that he had a worse malady. A par- 
alyzed body is bad, but a paralyzed eoul is worse. 
The more deadly disease of sin was doing its 
work upon his soul, and Jesus knew that although 
every muscle and nerve should be active and 
healthy, and every vein tingle with pure blood, 
the cure would be incomplete. Therefore he gave 
attention to the man's highest want. And so 
should we. AVe naturally sympathize with those 
who are physically diseased. We are concerned 
about them; we want to help them, and often sug- 
gest remedies for their restoration to health. But 
all around us are those who are afflicted with the 
fatal disease of sin. Are we as much concerned 
for these? Is there a more pitiable sight than a 
sin-sick soul, a soul going down to perdition? 
And yet how little we are concerned! Why? Be- 
cause we fail to recognize inau's highest need. 
Let us endeavor to look beyond the physical. 
Let us not fear bo much that which has power on- 
ly to kill the body, but more that which ean de- 
stroy the bouI. 

2. — The disease of sin is not so easily cured. 

Jesue asked, " Whether is it easier to say to the 
sick of the palsy, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to 
say, Arise, and take up thy bed, and walk? ' 
The question implies that it is not. Those look- 
ing on thought it an easy matter to say, "Thy 
sins be forgiven thee," but to raise up a paralytic 
and make him walk, ib not so easy. It was a mis- 
conception of the fact in the case. Jesus could 
more easily illustrate Mb power in curing the 
body than in curing the soul, because the eviden- 
ces were more immediate and tangible. To dis- 
pel the people's misconception of the difference of 
power iu the two acts, Jesus cured the man phys- 
ically and spirit nally. The former was done with 
more direct reference to the man's highest good, 



while th» latter was done more for the good of 
those around him. So it was then, and so it haB 
ever been. Men do not have a proper conception 
of what is required for the cure of sin. In the 
sight of God, the matter has a very different as- 
pect. What a work, and what a sacrifice was re- 
quired to make forgiveness of sin possible! Godi 
put on human nature, endured the agonies off 
Gethsemane, died on the cross, broke the bands- 
of death, and ascended again to the Father, all to., 
make it possible for one sinner to be forgiven. 

And when this was all done, what yet remains* 
to be done? The human will must be Bubdued 
and brought into subjection to the divine will. . 
The thoughts and affections must be changed, audi 
the inbred love of sin changed to the hatred of it. . 
All this muBt be done before a sin-sick soul can. 
be cured. It is no small matter to become a 
healthy, vigorous child of God. But we rejoice 
that it is possible, and that a fountain is open for 
all uncleanness. 

We notice, lastly, that the lesson opens with a . 
sad case of suffering, but ends with joy. "They 
were all amazed, and glorified God." So it has-> 
ever been. We rejoice when our friends are 
cured of their physical maladies, and we rejoice ■ 
when souls come to Christ and are saved from sin.. 
And it is not only we that rejoice. Angels re- ■ 
joice, and God rejoices. ThiB rejoicing is only a 
foretaste of the rejoicing we shall have when we 
gain the victory and are gathered into our Fa- 
ther's kingdom. J. B. D. 



Notes from our Correspondents. 



—From tho Turkey Creek church, Ind., Bro. 
Uerkeybile writes: "We met iu church council 
on Saturday, Dec. 8. All passed off pleasantly.. 
We commenced a series of meetings ou the 9fcby. 
and continued for two weeks. One was received' 
by baptism. Failing to get help, the home min- 
istry did the preaching. God be praised for his. 
goodness! " 

— Bro. J. O. Butterbaugh writes: "The good 
work is still going on in the Broadfording church, 
Md. AVe have again been revived, knowing that 
there is joy in heaven when sinners see tho error 
of their ways and turn to the marvelous Light. 
After our regular services, on Sunday, December 
23rd, we retired to the water. After breaking the 
ice, Bro. A. B. Barnhart led one sister down into 
the liquid stream, where baptism was adminis- 
tered. This makes twenty-one received into the 
church withiu the last fifteen months. Others are 
counting the cost. Our earnest desire is that they 
may eoou decide and take God at his word! " 

— Bro. L. T. Holsinger, of Ladoga, Indian «v 
writes: "December 13th we commenc 65 nr stings, 
with the little band of brethren and sisters living 
four miles south of Fortville, Ind., and continued 
the meetings until the 31st, Six made the noble 
choice and were baptized in the likeness of 
Christ's death. I would like to recommend tothe- 
Brotherhood the example of brethren Alfred and 
Isem Denny, who reside there. They decided 
that they could leave their children and neigh- 
bors no better token of their love than to build a 
house of worship. Carrying these resolutions in- 
to effect, they now have a neat brick church, well 
Beated aud well lighted, in which the 'glad tid- 
ings of great joy which shall be to all people,' 
will continue to be proclaimed, even though the 
marble monument should mark the laBt resting 
place of their temple of clay. May others do like- 



Jan. 22, 1880. 

-We are informed by Bio. Wra. Landis, of 
Cerro Gordo, 111., that Bro. D. B. Gibson began 
series of meeting for them on the evening of Jan 
a He writes: "A good interest is manifested 
Seven have alreidy left the bondage of Satur, and 
we trust the good work has only begun! " 

-Bm S. C. Mallory, of the Cedar Grove 
church, Tenn, writes: "We have just ended 
very interesting series of meetings. We com 
menced Dec. 23rd, and continued until Jan. lsl 
We had preaching by Bro. S. Molsbee and Err 
E. G. Pa,n till Sunday, Dec. 30th, when Bro. J 
B. Pence came among „, and preached si, ser 
mone. There were three applicants for baptism 
More are near the kingdom. The members wen 
edified and built up." 

-We are informed by Bro. Joseph John, that 
Bra Daniel Wysong, of Nappanec, Ind, has bsen 
holding some interesting meetings near Boann 
Ind. He writes: "Bro Wysong preached twenty " 
one sermons for us. The arrow f conviction ,vai 
sent into the hearts of some dear souls, and on 
Dec .24, we rejoiced to see two come out on 'the 
Lords side Dae. »i one more made the good 
resolve, and Dec. 29 six more left the ranks of 
batan Others, who fed the weight of sin, are ex- 
pected to come ere lou<V' 





From lewisburgh, Harlan Co., Nebr 



—Bro. J. E. Spring 



ilea: "The Morrill 



, , -rr c — to ""^°. iub luorriu *""• ^wjfti or at urieaue, JNe 

church Kansas, has a Bible class in good work- f J'«6 the writer at Woodruff, Kans 



Bro. Jacob Nofidger commenced a series o( 
ieetiugs m the Lewisburgh school-house, Dec 
1st, and continued until the evening of the 16th 
preaching, in all, eighteen sermons. Bro. Loinax 
M. lie came ■ to his assistance Dec. 8th, and stayed 
untd the 10th. One was baptized during the 
meetings, and some are seriously counting the 
cost. The , doctrine of the Brethren is new in 
this neighborhood. Some said they never heard 
such preaching before, but they could find no 
fault, for Bro. Jacob told them the plain, simple 
truth. The members »-r n much encouraged, and 
we hope that many good and lasting impressions 
were made en those outside of the church. May 
trod s blessings rest on our brother, and may sue 
cess crown his efforts! 

Ministers traveling through this part of the 
West are invited to stop. They will be met either 
at Woodruff, Kans., or at Orleans, Nebr., by noli- 



ing order. The class met at my home lest Thim 

day evening. I was much pleased with the 

in which it was conducted. Each one had a 

tion of the chapter assigned to him for dispo'sal, 

which I think works well, as it causes an interest I 

m the meeting. At first I did not favor the work, <" ""' «>•><■ <=«uuei 

but now I feel satisfied that it is a good work, and communion, we held an election for a deacon The 

I hope much good may grow out of it. ' Prove all lot fel1 °n B">- Isaac Miller 



— >. Brethren 
I sisters, pray for us that we may prove faith- 
Willet Williams. 

From Parnassus, Augusta Co., Va. 

At our last council-meeting, preparatory to our 



things, hold fast what is good 

-Joyful news of wanderers returning is sent 
by Bro. David P. Miller, of Buchanan, Mich He 
says: "Dec. 28, Bro. B. J. Shreve, of La Porte 
county, Ind., came into the north-western part of 
our congregation, where there are but few of our 
members living, and also a few that had left us in 
our late trouble. He began meetings on the same 
evening, and continued uulil the next Friday 
evening. As the immediate fruits of his labors 
two that had left us were received back into the 
church again, and two more promised to come 
soon. Many good impressions were made 
1 raise God, the cloud is lifting 



On Noy. 1st we lost by the hand of death our 
brother, Joseph Cline, aged about fifty years. He 
° ° Wld °w and three sons to mourn the loss 



Lemuel Hillery. of Hutchinson, prea^TiTtlie 
College ( hapel, dwelling especially on humilia 

Sw£££^ f ?*** hiB »»**T£ 

' I ) iv ttUdeLt9 ' ° U fcta *» "su- 

ng, Eld. Darnel Vaniman, of Illinois, spoke on 
the imporlanee of making a deci8ion ',,„, ,£ 
strongly nrgmg the young people onl of Christ to 
decide now. The lessons Hint «.,,.„ i • , 

.Sn,„i,„, i ii , • thnt were learned in the 
•-hi ml"} -school, the impressions made in the n,a v 
"'-meetings, and Ihe appeals made daily in t h e 
school, as W el] a, | )y the Sabbath-day VmoW 

femrt, or the S,„,,t |„ „,.„ ,„■„ ™ 

close of the sermon, three reported themselves as 
^ D |^tnedeoisioa so strongly nrged. T h e 
to Sp,„t, however, was not done. During the 
n gilt the prayers went „p, „,„, , |,„ dear old breth. 
ien gave their fatherly advice. Another and an- 
other came, until eight made the good confession, 
and wero buried with Christ by bapli™. 
The meetings are continued. Eld. Jacob Shirk, 
Let Sp ringei KftU6 , H> who hm lw ^ 

preached for us t„,la v . Idlers Enoch Eby and 
Jacob irostle, who are members of the Visiting 
Conn, ttee, and are expected to visit the school 
at least once or twice a year and look after its 
spiritual interests, paid ns their first ollicial visit 
at this time, visiting the classes and examining 
the general workings of the school. They ex 
pressed themselves as being well satisfied with the 
instruction given by all the teachers. Elder L 
Hillery also seemed to enjoy the recitations. This 
being their first visit, they could not tell by ob 
seryation what progress has been made spiritual- 
ly, but we trust that when they come again they 
may see us advancing iu divine life. 

„., 8. Z. Sham?. 

From Markleysburg, Pa. 
I leit my home in Garrett county, Md., on the 



f k' A J j* "<"i,iu Llie loss ' —J "»"*" in urn [I'll, (-.unity, l\ld ,,n tile 

takmd and affectionate husband and father. Saturday before Christmas, and preached at the 
he funeral was Dreaded 1,„ PS™ h c <j , Cammr, P„ „„i,„_i , /. . ' . "' tn0 



—From the National Soldiers' Home, Ohio Bro 
L. T. Harnes writes: " To be a follower of our be- 
loved Savior, and work for him in a camp of United 
States soldiers, is a heavy cross, but of late I have 
been made to rejoice in God. In distributing the 
Messenger through the camp, I am glad to hear the 
soldiers say, -When are you going to have some 
more of those papers? We like to read them' 
If we were able we would subscribe for them but 
we lack the meaus. The Miami church, south of 
the Home, will commence a series of meetings on 
the evening of January 12 The members seem 
to be interested, and a good feeling seems to pre- 
vail among them. That there may be good re 
suits from the meeting, and many souls brought 
into the fold of the church, is my prayer " 



— «««u(»ii« mm tamer. 

the funeral was preached by Bro. S. F. Sanger at 
the Lebanon church, and his remains interred in 
the Pisgah graveyard. 

A sad accident occurred, Dec. 10th, to our dear 
brother, Jacob Zimmerman. He went iuto the 
stable and was in the act of throwing his saddle- 
pockets over the rump of his horse, when it be- 
came excited and kicked him in the leg, breaking 
it. While plunging and rearing, it also broke 
several of his ribs, and fractured his breast by 
striking him with its front feet. This happened 
at his brothei's, seven miles from home. His life 
was despaired of for some time, but we learn that 
he is improving as well as could be expected nn 
der the circumstances. Bro. Zimmerman 
minister of our congregation. 

On Dee. 11th, Bro. George Wine, of the Beaver 
Creek congregation, commenced a series of meet- 
ings at the Old Puddings Springs church, in the 
eastern part of our congregation. The meetings 
lasted one week. There were no immediate re- 
sults; what the future may reveal, remains with 
Bro. Wine's hearers. We are told he did some 
good preaching. 

At this writing (Jan. 3rd.), Bro. J. M. Mohler 
is holding forth the gospel of Christ at our new 
meeting-house-Elk Bun. He commenced preach 
ing on the night of Dec. 29th. His services are 
well attended, with good-sizsd audiences, and best 
of attention to the Word preached. There have 
B. F. Moubbay. 



- "> »uu tvi ouciieu. ai 

Canaan, Pa., school-house the same evening We 
met again on Sunday morning for public worship, 
and also on Sunday evening, when Bro. S C Um 
be! of Markleysburg, came to our assistance'. We 
held forth the Word until the following Sunday 
evening, when wo closed our meetings. On Mon- 
day morning three young sisters and six young 
brethren were buried in the emblematic grave 
confessing Christ as their Savior. Three who' 
had wandered away from the fold, were reclaimed. 
One applicant for baptism, a young man, is very 
ixious to go with God's children, but is hindered 
by his father, who has gone "Progressive," and 
wants his sou to go with him. This ho refuses to 
do. In all, we had ton meetings, receiving twelve 
into the church. May God bless the young Iambs 
of his fold, and keep them from the snares of the 
Jasi'Eb Babnthouse. 

From Columbia City Church, Ind. 



"Suppose my watch were not doing well- would 
it do any good were I to go to the town clock and I ° £ attention to the Word pr 
take out my key and make the hands of my watch beeD "° aece8Bions thus far. 

point to the same as those of the clock? You •— 

know this would do no good, for the hands would McPherson Notes. 

soon be as far wrong as ever. I must send my 

watch to the watch-maker, that he may put it's 

heart right, too.. So is it with you: you must first 

get your heart put right, then your hands will „o 

right, and your feet, and all will go right." 



Just now we are having a refreshing from the 
presence of the Lord. Yesterday being the first 
Saturday of the new year, we held our quarterly 
council-meeting, at which fourteen members were 
received by letter. On Thursday evening Eld 



We commenced a series of meetings on the ev- 
ening of Dee. 29. Eld. David Neff, from Boann, 
Ind., did the preaching. He dealt out the Word 
of Eternal Truth with much power. After six ex- 
cellent sermons, two came forward and desired to 
lived into the church, One that had been 
expelled sometime since, got tired living away 
from the children of God and requested to be re- 
ceived again, which was done, upon her confes- 
sion. May she prove to be a bright, sbininn. 
light henceforth! 

Thursday morning, at 9: 30, we met at church. 
After listening to an interesting discourse, neces- 
sary arrangements were made for baptism. The 
sisters were then led into the stream and bur- 
ied in baptism, we trust, to walk in newness of 
life. 
AVe returned to the church again in the even- 



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Juii. 22, 188J). 



ing, when- Bro, Net! again dealt out the Word, 
evening after evening, until Sunday evening, Jan. 
G, when our medium closed. Our brother preached 
twelve sermons in all, which left quite an impres- 
sion on the people that assembled time after 
time. The congregations were email, as tho roads 
were bad and the nights dark. Taking all into 
consideration, we had a good meeting, as we fe.-l 
that those in attendance were edified and buill up 
in the Spirit. Wo hope that tho dear sisters, that 
were received into the church, will put on the 
whole armor of (rod that they may be able to 
ward off tho tempter when he comes, which we 
know he will, by past experience. May the 
prayers of nil the Brethren ascend in their behalf, 
especially for the one that will be isolated from 
the Brethren when she returns to her homo in 
Iowa, Her address is, Malimla Beard, Battle 
Creek, Ida Co., Iowa. Traveling ministers will 
plcnse make a note of this and remember her in 
passing by. David Milleh. 

Notice to the Elders of North-Eastern Ohio. 

Please inform your members that the funds in 
the Home Mission Treasury are about exhausted, 
and early contributions are very much needed. 
.Send contributions to Bro, 1). J. Ynutzey, Home 
Mission Treasurer, Canton, Ohio. 

Jacob Misuleh, Sec. 

Mogwlorr, 0. 

Our Vacation Trip. 

LAST summer we stopped a short time with the 
Brethren of the Grundy County church, Iowo, 
anil gave them a few meeting. Tho Brethren in- 
vited us to spend our Holiday vacation with them, 
and we consented to do so. 

We commenced our meetings Saturday evening, 
Dec. 22, and closed Monday evening, Dec. 31, 
preaching in all fourteen sermons. The weather, 
at times, was rather unfavorable, however, consid- 
ering the circumstances, we had good attendance, 
with excellent attention, and interest increasing 
as we ncared the close. 

This church is quite wakeful and active. Quite 
a number of the young people nre members, with 
whom we. in the main, tried to work, endeavoring 
to show them the need of taking a firm stand for 
Christ, and becoming thoroughly established in 
his Gospel. Oh, dear young brethren and sisters, 
should I visit you next summer, may I find you 
faithful! Remember that Jesus is our deareBt 
and best friend, and his cause the greatest and 
most profitable. Cau we not say with Paul, "For 
I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor 
angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things 
present, nor thiugB to come, nor height, nor depth, 
nor aDy other creature, shell be able to separate 
us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus 
our Lord"? Rom. 8: 38, 39. God grant that we 
may be firm! These who are halting between 
two opinions and who know their duty, how long 
will you wait before you decide for Christ? The 
preEent is yours but the future is the Lord's. 

On Sunday, Dec. 30, Bro. H. P. Stricklor, who 
has labored with, and has bad the oversight of, 
the church for about twenty years, preached his 
farewell sermon. Many were the tears that were 
shed upon this occasion. Bro. Henry and family 
have taken up their abode in Texas. May God's 
choicest blessings attend them, and may they be 
able to plant a vine for the Lord in their new 
field of labor! 

The ministerial force here has lately been con- 
siderably cut down. Bro. Strickler has gone. 
Bro. J. M. Snyder has moved to McPherson, 
Kans., and Bro. Paul Wetzel, since the death of 
his wife, whose obituary notice will appear in the 
next issue of the Messenger will, in all proba- 



bility, do more or less traveling, leaving a large 
field of labor in the hands of brethren Frederick, 
Albright and Puterbaugh. Bro. Johnson, of Gar- 
rison, will have the oversight May those breth- 
ren lean heavily upon the arm of the Lord! If 
the ministering brethren of the adjoining church- 
es can drop in to their assistance occasionally, we 
feel it will 1)3 quite acceptable. 

On our return we stopped a day with the Breth- 
ren at Garrison. This church is under tte care 
of elders Stephen Johnson and Peter Forney, as- 
sisted in tho ministry by Bro. John Ridenour. 
We had two pleasant meetings together. May 
God bless them and his every-wheru! 

T. T. Meyers. 

ML Morris, 111. 

From Ladoga, Ind. 

Thk Brethren wont to Little Walnut Dec. 1, 
and labored in the Lord's work three days. While 
there, Bro. Harshlmrger baptized five. A sick 
sister desired to be anointed, and by obeyiug the 
Lord found much comfort. She praised the Lord 
and was truly happy. Let us, with the members 
at Little Walnut, praise the Lord that he is bless- 
ing the work there, and that some are gathered in 
who have often been remembered kindly. 

Dec. 8 was our council-meeting at Bethel. The 
subject of giving to the Lord was freely talked of. 
Love and good-will seemed to rule the hearts 
there. Some money was made up. One sister's 
prayer came in the shape of a dollar for the mis- 
sionaries' wives. The Lord doe 3 not forget to 
bless those who do kind deeds. The church ap- 
pointed Bro Jesse Kouk and the writer to solicit 
the members of this church for missionary funds, 
we receive will be acknowledged, and the 
church will say when and where the money will 
be used. 

Dear brethren and sisters, when we remember 
what the Lord is doing for us, and then consider, 
how little we are doing in return for all his kind- 
ness, do we not feel that we come short of our 
duty'? I tell you, if we enjoy the religion of Je- 
sus, we will have prayers, tears, and pennies for 
poor starving souls and the dear isolated mem- 
bers. Then, whatsoever our hands find to do, let 
us do it with our might. 

The work for 1S3S closes with twenty-six addi- 
tions by baptism and three reclaimed. 

Salome Watkins. 

From the Monticello Church, Ind. 

Ouit church iB still in peace and harmony. All 
teem to feel that it requires labor here, to secure 
the blessings and enjoyments of heaven. On Jan. 
2 an ag-d sister, Catherine EisenbiEo, was re- 
ceived into the church by the holy ordinance of 
baptism. Wo have been holding several series of 
meetings in our church this winter. Brethren 
called to assist in the work, besides our home 
ministers, were, Bro. M. Cbiar, of Pennsylvania; 
Bro. Lewis W. Teeter, of Hagerstown, Ind., and 
Bro. M. Klory, of Cambria, Clinton Co., Ind. The 
brethren all labored faithfully, and the sermons 
preached were most doctrinally, and caused quite 
a stir, especially at BurnettBville and Idaville, 
where Bro. Teeter preached. Bro. Lewis is an 
able expounder of the Truth. There were no ac- 
cessions, but we feel that the members were great- 
ly benefited, spiritually, and that all persons 
gained a more perfect knowledge of the doctrine, 
than they possessed before. We hope that in 
time to come eome will be made to accept the 
whole truth. Our membership is scattered over a 
large territory, and at our different placeB of 
preaching other denominations are as strong as 
we are, and in some places stronger. Evidently 



it will require a great deal of mowing of the Truth 
to got p?oplo to see the propriety of a change. 

LATEB. — Bro. Frank Fisher is holding a series 
of meetings at Gopher school-house, and reports 
good meetings, Attendance is good, with two ap- 
plicants for baptism and prospects of more before 
the meetings close. May God bless all the series 
of meetings that are being held throughout the 
entire Brotherhood! J. A, Weaver. 

From Blue Creek, Adams Co., Ind. 

Buo. Martin Hahn, of Mercer Co., Ohio, came 
to us Dec. 20, and on the same evening began a 
series of meetings, which lasted until Jan. 8. His 
labors were crowned with success. Six souls 
camo out from the world aud enlisted under the: 
blood-stained banner of King Emmanuel. Wa 
bad a very enjoyable meeting. We believe that, 
many more will, before long, enlist in that good, 
cause. Good seed bus been sown in the hearts of 
inaDy. Our church, at present, consists of about 
fifty members. I think this would be a good place 
for brethren who wish to locate near a church, . 
but it is fast settling up and the best chances will 
soon be gonp. Bro. Samuel Neher, of Wells Co., 
Ind., will begin a protracted meeting at Wild Cat 
school-house on the evening of Jan. 12. God 
grant him success! Bro. Hahn went from here 
to Oraigville, whero he intended to hold a- protract- - 
ed meeting. God be with one and all! 

Ella Gilmoue, - 

Chattanooga, Ohio. 

Epistolary. -No. 2. 

My Dear Young Brethren and Sisters: — 

In lest week's paper I spoke of the preparation ~ 
necessary to hem* the Word of God. In this arti- 
cle I wish to call your attention to what and how > 
we shall do while the Word is preached. 

"Receive with meekness," says the apostle, "the 
engrafted word which is able to Sive your souls." 
We are to receive, not man's words, but God's. It 
is important (a) that it be God's word, because 
there is salvation in no other; (b) that we receive 
it, because without it our souls can not be saved. 
But we are told how we are to receive it — "with 
meekness." This means that we shall not only 
leave at home the world and worldly engagements, 
but bring with us a teachable spirit,— a spirit 
which will lead us to receive the Word. 

Many persons do not come to receive the Word, 
but to criticise it. They listen attentively to a 
sermon, then begin to pick it into pieces. Such 
persons are not edified, because they lack the Bpir- 
it of meekness so essential to receive the Word. 
Another class of persons come to hear only when 
their favorite preacher, or eome strange minister 
is expected to preach; and then, if the singing is 
not real entertaining, aud the prayer to suit then- 
fancy, they go away disappointed. And no mar- 
vel, for they came to receive, not the Word of 
God, but of some man, and to hear good music 
and a fluent prayer. Such persons remind one of 
the lady who lied cultivated her taste for wa-. 
ter to such a degree that she did not relish it n.n-. 
less it was handed to her in a silver cup. When 
she came to where there was nothing but a gourd, 
6he did not know what to do. Dear brethren and 
sisters, do not forget that it is the water you want, 
not the cup, and as Christians we should cultivate 
a desire to receive the Word of God regardless of 
the instrument by whom it may be delivered unto 
us. All who so come, receive a blessing, even 
though nothing more than the reading of a chap- 
ter be ministered to them. 

I would not be understood that ministers 
should come before their congregations unpre- 
pared. They certainly should devote both time 



THE GOSPBL MESSENGER. 



and energy in preparation, fo show thorni Ivi 
" approved unto God;' but at present I am speak- 
iDg about hearing, tnkring it for granted I hat the 
minister has made the most thorough prepaintiou. 
The apostle would have us "receive with meek- 
ness the engrafted word." Most persons are ac- 
quainted with the manner in which grafting is 
done. The branch is cut off, split through the 
middle of the heart, then opened by mesns of a 
wedge, ready to receive the proper] y-prepared 
graft. The graft having been carefully inseited, 
and the wedge removed, the branch takes bo'd of 
the graft, a union is formed, growth is developed, 
and fruit produced. 60 the hearer's heart, prop- 
erly opened, and the Word judiciously laid in, 
lays hold of it; a union is established, growlh 16 
developed, and he becomes a fruitful branch in 
Christ, the True Vine. The mystery of godliness, 
how great! The manner of love, in the means of 
grace, how wonderful! 

Such a receiving prepares us to become suc- 
cessful "doers of the word," and io do our relig- 
ion is, after all, the business of our life. The 
world do;s not read the Bible half so much as it 
reads the doings of those who profess to practice 
its teachings. It was because of this that Paul 
would have his brethren remember that they are 
" living epistles, known and read of all meD," and 
may we who profess " like precious faith," 

" Be firm, be bold, be slrone, be true. 



(51 



i.d :ilon, 



Though litlpei-s Hi. 



From Tiiannga, Cal. 

' Outlet;' arterly council was held at Covina, Jan. 
: o. There waa a good attendance of members 
present. -Love and union seemed to characterize 
the entire .meeting. Fifteen members were added 
to the congregation by certificate evidence of 
membership. Two letters of membership were 
granted to members who moved away some 
months previous. A petition from the brethren 
and sisters in Ventura couuty, for a separate or- 
ganization, was favorably entertained. There are 
now over twenty members located in Ventura 
county. The church thought it good to have two 
brethren set apart to the deacon's < ffice. The lot 
fell upon brethren Frank Calvert and Urine Oer- 
hol6er. Bro. J. E. Magie was advanced to the 
second degree of the ministry. The church in 
.council very much appreciated the presence and 
-assistance of our visiting evangelist, Eld Jacob 
Witmore, of Centre View, Mo, who had been con- 
- 'ducting meetings at Covina for two weeks previous 
: to our council. On the Sunday following, four 
■willing souls were added to the church by bap- 
'.tism. To me it i6 always a joy to see or hear of 
:souls putling on Christ. On this occasion it was 
a happy season indeed, as, among the number 
baptized, were three of our daughters, the young- 
est in her thirteenth year. "Surely the Lord is 
good, his mercy endureth forever." As Bro. 
Witmore will report from time to time, we will 
not now speak further of his labors, more than lo 
say that he is a workman who rightly divides the 
Word of Truth, therefore God's blessings will 
surely attend his labors. J. S. Flory. 

Motes by the Way. 

I spent Dec. S to 22 very pleasantly, and I hope 
ray labors were not in vain among the Sam's 
Creek, Meadow Branch and Pipe Creek Brethren 
in Carroll Co., Md., holding meetings nearly every 
night, and on Sundays two and three times. We 
had good congregations throughout the meetings. 
I will leave it to other pens and tongues to im- 
part the results or effects that weie produced on 
the community. 



My object in writing is not to give n history of 
the meetings and what I did. 1 feel us though 
the members in the churches visited deserve! 
some credit in their exhibition for the love of the 
Truth as it is in Jesus. They truly did their 
part. The ministry of the throe congregations 
named proved their appreciation of the work, that 
we wore engaged in, by their presence and prayers. 
Those who were instrumental in getting up the 
meeting, left not a stone unturned. They ap- 
peared wholly given up to the work. 

The unanimity of sentiment which prevailed 
among the members, and kind treatment towards 
me made me feel that I was among God's chil- 
dren. Brethren, I will ever be grateful to you for 
yonr kindness. My prayer to God is, that your 
zeal for the Master's cause may never wane! 

From New Windsor I went to Baltimore, and 
remained over Sunday. I met with the little 
flock Sunday morning and evening, and talked to 
them concerning the love of God and the glories 
that are in reservation for the faithful. There I 
met Bro. David Bousnck, of Maryland. He had 
come there to break the Bread of Life, but, after 
learning that I was going to be there, he became 
very ready to obey the instructions of Paul, "Be 
slow to speak but swift to heir,"— ho claimed to 
be at home. I hope that we will be so fortunate 
as to meet where we will both be at home and can 
rest from our labors. 

I hope for glorious results from the Baltimore 
mission. It seems to be growing and sprendiu 
They have succeeded in organizing two Bible 
classes. I would say to the teachers, "Work on; 
there is enough room for you both, and many 
more. Add and multiply, and you will still have 
enough to do. Work on until the Master comes." 
Jacob Hedrick. 

From Glen Hope Mission Field, Pa. 

Bs request of Eld. Peter Beer, who has charge 
of the above mission in the Western District of 
Pennsylvania, I attended a communion meeting at 
Glen Hope church, Dec. 15. I left home on the 
Utb, and next day was joined by four members at 
Irvona. We then started for the place of meet- 
ing, down Clearfield Creek, where we found a 
small number of earnest members already gath- 
ered. The small membership in this field is scat- 
tered over a large territory, so that not all the 
members attended the feast, but those that did, 
were built up and seemed alive to the work of the 
Master. Bro. Patterson, the minister lately elect- 
ed, seems zealous, and, though young in the min- 
istry, is a man of promise. If ho applies himself 
to the work, as he appears willing to do, I think, 
ere long, the supply of ministerial aid from else- 
whore will not so often be necessary. At present 
Bro. Beer has a visit to three places of meetings 
arranged for, once in four weeks. I found the 
members much encouraged, and the mission work 
has prospered well under the careful supervision 
of its overseer. At the feist in the evening, as 
also next day, quite a respectable congregation 
were present, and the closing meeting took place 
Sunday, the ltith. The subject was "Steward- 



vestigation. Though there were no additions, I 
feel sure that a Held is open there for air ingath. 
ering, On Saturday evening Bro. Patterson came 
to our aid and stayed over Snuday, 

This neighborhood here is a coal region, and 
the making of ooke and lumbering is tho business 
upon which the laboriug maudapeudB for a living 
for himself and family. Sister S. A. Moore has 
been the cause of my three visits there. She has 
moved to different places where (Ire dootrinewas 
not taught, ami mafia .alls for preaching, and 
from her efforls churches were planted, eo I hope 
the good, kind Father will slill aid her in her 
earnest efforts to spread tho Gospel, Though 
poor iu this world's goods, 1 think her rich in 
grace. Her zeal for the oause and the silent pe- 
titions, ih rough her tears and contrite heart, will 
avail with the Lord. I arrived home safely Dec. 
21, and found nil well, for which I thank God. 

Jacob Hoisori'u. 

('(■islowtt, Pa. 



From Centrnl Kansas, 



By 



1 paid, 



<et imt 
miles 
doth- 



ship," Luke IB: 1-13. Mnrked attention 
and good impressions made. After mee 
had to take the parting hand. Bro. Bee 
for- Maryland for evening meeting, eigl 
distaut, in company with Bro. Patterson 1 
era. I walked a distance of six miie3 to Coalport. 
It rained all the way. In the evening I com- 
menced preaching irr the Evangelical Associalion's 
house in Bo3ebud, where we continued during the 
week. We tried to teach the people the doctrine 
of the Gospel. Here the first sermon by us was 
preached last August The doctrine, to some, 
seemed entirely new. Some commenced to read 
tire Bible, and as a result there was a general in- 



equest of the Brethren iu the western part 
of McPhersou County, wn commenced a series of 
meetings iu their church house, abent ten miles 
wett of lire city, on the evening of Dec. I',, and 
closed Dec. 1(1. We had good interest, with five 
additions, all heads of families. Many expressed 
themselves as being almost ready to onst their lot 
with the people of Goil. McPhorson County has 
two very good houses of worship, one about ton 
miles east, the other leu miles west of the town. 
There are also regular services in the Dormitory, 
in town. The wost ond bur a membership of 
twenty-five, with (wo worthy deacons, but no min- 
ister, their appointments being filled by tin' breth, 
ren from McPhersin. It has never been our 
privilege to meet a band of members with more 
love for tho church and one another, and more 
unity tlran the little band around the Monitor 
church. With care I predict bright future for 
them. 

While there, we visited the school one day; 
found nil well pleased, aud hopo the school will 
be a power for good. 

From McPher6on we went into Rico County, 
and labored with the Father's children near Ly- 
ons, in the St. John school-house, one week, with 
good interest. During the meetings two came 
out 011 the side of the Lord aud were baptized on 
Chi-ietmas Day. The Kansas Center church is 
under the care of Eld. M, E. Brnbaker, assisted 
in the ministry by Eld. Jonathan and I. S. Bru- 
baker, and three deacons. There is also a mem- 
bership of about thirty-five, who are not ashamed 
to tell to the world by their appearance that they 
are members of the Brethren church. Wear- 
rived home Dec. 20; forrnd all well, anrl a number 
of calls, some of which we will try to fill in the 
near future. My health has somewhat improved. 
Isaac 11. Crist. 

Olnlhe, Kans. 



From the Lake Branch Church, Mil 



Bno. M. H. Fowler has bfen preaching for us 
nearly two weeks, with good results. We held 
our meetings in a school-house, from Dec. 11 to 
21. The congregations increased in size, and a 
good deal in interest. We were made glad to see 
one precious soul come out on the Lord's side. 
More are thinking of their situation. We were 
made to rejoice, and felt to exclaim with David, 
"Bless the Lord, O my soul: aud all that is with- 
in me, bless his holy name." God's children have 
been strengthened and built up in thrrt holy faith, 
and strangers weie instructed. We feel thankful 
to Bro. Fowler for his faithful and kind labor for 
us. We had very pleasant weather nearly all the 
time. Minnie M. Miller. 

Waterville, Minn. 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER. 



Jan. 22, lSSi) , 



Missionary and Tract Work Department. 






Organization of Missionary Committee. 



Viiticn. 111. 
Ml. Morris, 111. 
Mt. Morris 111. 



Organization of Book and Tract Work. 



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Dnvton, Ohio. 



(3" All donations intended foi Mis.ionan Work should be 
sent to D. L. Miller, Mt. Morris, III. 

gyAll money for Traet Work should be sent to S. Bock, 
Dayton, Ohio. 

eyMonev may he sent hi Monet Order, Registered Let- 
ter, or Drafts on New York or Chicago. Do not send person- 
al checks, or drafts on interior towns, as it costs 25 cent- 10 
collect them. 

E3" Solicitor, are requested to faithfully carry out the plan 
of Annual Meeting, that all our members he solicited to con- 
tribute at least twice a year for the Mission and Traet Work ot 
the Church. 

'_': Notes for the Endowment Fund can he had by writing 
to the Secretary of either Work. 



The Brethren in East Tennessee are earnestly 
engaged in mission work. As a rnle the money 
sent into the South produces belter results than 
in any other field. The people there gladly hear 
and accept the Truth. 

Bro. D. E Brueakeb, of Maxwell, Story Co., 
Iowa, was unanimously appointed by the General 
Committee to go to Washington Territory to en- 
gage in the mission work in that field. Many ur- 
gent calls have come from that Territory, and it 
is to be hoped that the way may open for Bro. 
Brubaker to go out and labor for the Lord in this 
fruitful field. 

There are hundreds and thousands of persons, 
we have reason to believe, some of whom are 
found in almost all localities where the Brethren 
are known and "gospel examples and precepts 
correctly observed," who are Dankards both in 
mind and Bentiment, but, sad to say, not wholly 
in practice. Pride is the chief cause of keeping 
thousands of, otherwise, good and well-to-do 
people away from Christ. Tracts on Plain Dress- 
ing, GO cents per 100. 

THE CHILMvEN'S MISSION. 



Christmas has come nnd gone, and I shall now 
give my report. I feel to thank you all, and truly 
hope that you will feel very thankful, too, when 
you see the amount that has been donated for our 
blessed Master's work! Verily, God does provide 
a way for the faithful, and is good and gracious 
to those who serve him according to his own dic- 
tations. We are, dear children, to show out- 
faith in him by our works, and when we adopt 
his will for our own, he will guide us into his 
footsteps. Our works must always be done to bis 
own glory. I do truly feel that the Lord has 
abundantly blessed us in this donation. Please 
notice that $0.55 was collected by our deaf and 
dumb sister. Oh, buy/ my soul leaped with joy! 
I exclaimed, " The Lord bless that dear soul! " 
Oh, if we could only get many others that can 



talk and hear, to do as she has d..ue, what a vast 
amount of good might bo aceomplished! She 
failed not to work because she gathered ill the 
mites, but worked on resolutely and willingly. 
God odIv knows the gootl her pennies will do. 

Dear mothers, aid your dear ones in their work, 
and you will lie blessetl, and their hearls will be 
made linppy to know they are doing something 
f ir Jesus. We ought to realize that God has giv- 
en us all we have. We are in duty bound to 
briug up our children in the nurture and admoni- 
tion of the Lord. Let us teach them to give their 
pennies for Jesus That is only giving back to 
him what justly belongs to him. 

Dear children, your pennies have been given 
for his blessed cause, I hope, with a heart abound- 
ing with love for Je : ue! Now let us give him all 
the praise. To him all praise iB due; for every 
good and perfect gift Cometh from above. I feel 
thankful that so many more are becoming inter- 
ested in our work. 

We now have more co-lnborets engaged than 
we have had in the past, and larger donations 
from Sunday-schools also. Eight different Sun- 
day-schools have been represented in the past 
two years. We have had about ten different so- 
licitors, but two of them have solicited more than 
the second time. I truly hope tho-e that have 
once solicited may continue in well-doing. I 
think they greatly enjoyed the work, for they ex- 
pressed themselves so to me at the time. If we 
do. aud contieu a in bis go til works, happy are we, 
for he has given us that, promise. 

Dear children, my heart is daily going up to 
God in prayer through Jesus for the conversion 
of ) our dear souls. Oh, may you be drawn close 
to him who loves you so dearly! He gives you 
heaUh, strength, food, drink, air to breathe, to 
save you from death. Ah, methinks I hear many 
of you cry, " Jesus, Jesus, my Lord, wilt thou ac- 
cept of a little child like me?'' Dear children, 
when you feel like this, it is the gentle wooinge 
of the Holy Spirit, and you should willingly give 
your little heart to hiai who is calling you. Come 
to Jesus submissively, loving him better than 
yourself. Then you will be easily guided in the 
way of his divine teachings. If you accept Christ 
while in your youthful dayB, you will not be so 
easily led astray from JeBUB. Timothy of old, 
when but a child, was taught to km> s Jesus. The 
Good Book teacbeB you to search the Scriptures 
aud accept of him in the days of your youth. 
Give your heart, soul, mind and body to his serv- 
ice, let your heart, hands, head and feet be wholly 
his, and count yourselves as naagbt, for of dust 
yon are created, end unto duBt you are to return. 

It is your soul and the many good things you 
have done in Jesus' name that will live when you 
are dead and gone, for it is the good spit it that 
givetb life and liveth forever. Our gcod deeds 
are recorded in the Lamb'B Book of Life. We 
many times do wrong, but we must pray God to 
pardou our wrongs, and forgive the many follies 
of these bodies of ours. 

Dear children, if you are willing to let your 
pennies go to feed the hungry souls, you will be 
made rich in blessings from above, in this life, 
and in the life to come. There yon will dwell in 
his glorious kingdom and be happy forever and 
ever. May God bless us all through Jesus in our 
work, is my humble prayer. 

Donated by Carrie Gibson and S. S cluss, SI. 54; 
aS. 8. diss, Alpheus Brubaker, Treasurer of class, 
81.11; JaBper Vaniman, Virden, III., .10; Cerro 
Gordo S. S., Cerro Gordo, 111., $12 45; Dnrrell and 



Glem Hollopeter, Kockton, Pa., .50; South Water- t^olicited by Darrell Hollopeter, nine years old 



loo, Iowa. S. S., $8 42; Lorillard Drayer, Gallup, 
Ky., .70; Eva Lena Gibson, Virden, 111., .10; Em- 
ma Drayer, Gallup, Ky., .20; Hugie Drayer, Gal- 
lup, Ky,, .10; Clara A. Holloway, Brush Creek, 



Ohio, .50; Lizzie Deokuer, Virden, III, .50; Olive 
Rothbrick, from where, not stated, .10; Saminie 
Rolhbrick, .10; Lottie Kothbrick, .02; Syutha 
Bidgway, Virden, 111., .05; Laura Morrell, Virden, 
III , .05; Minnie Bishop, Rockwell City, Kans., .15; 
Frank Bishop, llockwell City, KaM., .15; Arthur 
Bishop, Rockwell, Kaus., .15; Willie O. and Emma 
F. Beckner, Whitsbm*, Terra , .20; Irvin Neher, 
Keuka, Fla., .10: EtTa Runs, Cerro Gordo, 111., .25; 
Katie and Mary S. Kline, Cowan's Station, Va.,. 



.35; David Gibsou, Virden 
son, Virden. 111., .17; a 
Bhade covers, $10 30; Ever 
.05; Sarah and Eliza Bf 



, 111., .25; Lemuel Gib- 
sister sold tissue lamp- 
itt Gibson, Virden, 111.,. 
rndollar, Everett, Pa,. 



$1.00; collected by Ella S. Moyer, Lansdale, Pa.,. 
$5.00; Lizzie Brubaker, Girard, 111., .17; Pleasant 
HillS. S„ Virden, 111., $4 00; donated by Lizzie- 
Brubaker's S. S. class, .84; Vida Brubaker, Vir- 
den, 111., .10; Ollie Gibsou, Virden, 111., .01; Pres- 
ton Gibson, Virden, III., .35; Upper Stillwater S. 
S„ Bradford, Ohio, $5 00; Hairy Furry, Virden,. 
111., .01; J. W. Gibsou, Virden, 111., .88; Willie B. 
Neher, Keuka, Fie., .05; Stella E. Neher, Keuka,. 
Flo., .05; Rhoda 0. Neher, Keuka, Fla., .05; Otis. 
Vaniman, Virden, 111., .02; Miss Nan Smith, Wash-, 
ington, Washington Co., Va., .50; Maggie and 
Charlie Slifer, Bunker Hill, 111., $100; Mrs. Min- 
nie 0. Sandy, Norborue, Mo., $1.50; Nellie Atte- 
berg, Bronson, Kans., .15; Susie Petry, Eldorado,. 
Ohio, $100; Sadie C. Brallier, solicited, $5.25;; 
Frank, Libbie anil Ella Ro3enberger, Spitzer, O.,, 
$1.00; West Otter Creek S. S., Virden, III., $3.10;. 
total $70.58. 

Mrs. Geo. W. Harrison, a mute, collected the' 
following in the Pleasant Grove church: Brother 
and sister Geo. W. Harrison, ,25; a brother, .25;: 
Bro. I. G. Winey, .2c ; Bro. I. A. Robinson, .10;: 
Bro. S. B. Katherman, .25; Bro. E. Hertzler, .25; 
Bro. B. Ulricb, .25; sister Eherhart, .10; Mr. Ade- 
off, .10; Bro. Eberhert, .15; Bro. Eller, .10; sister 
Winey, .10; sister Salome Eller, .25; brother aud 
sister Allen Robinson, .15; Bro. C. A. Robinson, 
.05. 

The following amounts were collected among- 
the friends of Media antl Baldwin City: B. C. Pat- 
terson, .10; Mrs. W. W. Jenkins, .10; Btranger, .25; 
Mrs. A. P. Crocker, .10; Levi Smith, .05; cash, .02; 
cash, .10; Mr. Willtens, .02; cash, .10; C. P. Ives, 
.10; J. P. Dumont, .10; Mr. Quackenbusb, .01; Mrs. 

D. C. Leavitt, .10; W. Carey, .10; cash, .05; Mr. 
Chamborliu, .05; cash, .10; C. E. Dallas, .20; S. 
W. Sturdivan, .10: cash, .10; Ed. Duggen, .05; Mr. 
Carton, .10; Mrs. Ciedit, .05; cash, .05; cash, .10; 
cash, .05; Mr. Dumbar, .05; cash, .05; Rev. Sulli- 
van, .15; cash, .05; Mr. Leonard, .10; caBh, .05; Mr. 
Hyde, .10; Mr. Bo.lwell, .05; cash, .10; Mr. Keifer, 
.10; cash, .05; J. W. James, .10; cash, .05; Dr. J. 

E. Sohenbly, .05; W. A. Borcourt, .10; Dr. H. C. 
Owen, .10; O. W. Williams, Jr., .25; J. W. Cregy, 
negro, .05; J. F. Rapp, .05; cash, .10; total, $0.55.' 

The following amounts were solicited by Mabel 
Stnrgis, ten years old: S. M. Shoemaker, .40; Jos- 
eph Shoemaker, .25; Lindas Shoemaker, .25; Em- 
melt Shoemaker, .10; Isaac Shoemaker, .10; I. Q. 
Shoemaker, .35; a sister, .50; a friend, .25; Alma 
Young, .13; Mrs. Phelps, .10; P. 8. Duncan, .10; 
Miss Georgia Hill, .25; Mrs. S. F. Beard, .25; Ma- 
bel and Wiley Stnrgis, .27; S. C. Sturgis, .11; J. 
Stnrgis, .25; total, $3.66, 

Mt. Morris, III.: Mamie Wareham, .10; Laura 
Sanderson, .10; Sadie Sandeison, .05; Nannie 
Young, .20; Vernio Yourtg, .10; Olin Young, .05; 
Bessie Griswold, .13; name not known, .10; Bruce 
Samse), .05; Ruy Samsel, .05; Cora Samsel, .10; 
Pleasant Grate S. S., .37; total, $1.40. 



Caroline Beer, Rockton, Pn., .05; J. H. Beer, .10; 
Lillie Hollopeter, . 0; V. V Olouser, .05; J. C. 
Beer, .05; Sadie B.er, .05; Libbie Hollopeter, .10; 
total, .50. 



THE GOSPBL MESSENGER. 



MAT8IMONIA L. 



BRUMBAUGH— WERTENBERGF.R.— 

At the residence of tlie ofticintor, J J, 1 Ioo- 
ver, Jan. 2, Byron Brumbiurgli, of Cairo, 
Ohio, ami Sebilla Wertcnberger, of Bar ry- 
ville, O. 
HOUSER— DEETER.— At Hie residence ot 
the bride's parents, neur Moscow, Idaho 
Ter., Dec. 23, by Eld. Hershey, Mr. Irvine 
Mouser, of Los Angeles, Cal., anil Miss 
Mattie Deetcr. 
ELERBiEQK — RAINES. — Dec. 13, Mr. 
William 'Elerbeck and Miss Martha Raines, 
tooth of Gage Co., Nebr. 
'CANNING— ESSAM — Dec. 25, Mr. J. T. 
Canning and Miss Mary Essam, both of 
'Gage Co, Nebr. 
: SMITH— TIIORNHUKG. — Dec. 31, Mr 
Jien Smith .and Miss Minnie Thornbnrg, 
1 both of Gage Co , Nebr. J. E. Yorjxo. 

1BRICKER — RITTENHOUSE At the 

residence of tin- inidi-'s parents, in the Sil- 
,ver Cretk church, Williams Co , O., Jan. t, 
Air. Andrew pricker and Miss Mary M. 
lUrUenhouse. B. F. Sholty. 

DftNXEIt- FORNEY.-. \t the residence 
of the bride's parents, Dec. 20, by the un- 
dersigned, Edward D. Donner and Anna 
E. Forney, both of Hamilton Co., Nebr. 
"Asia B. Heinv. 
FRY— NICOLA.— At the residence of the 
bride's parents, in Moatsville, Jan. 3, by 
the undersigned, James Z. Fry and sister 
Barbara E. Nicola, both of Barbour Co., W. 
Va. W. R. Muxfiiy. 

WALTER— WEYANDT -Dec. 25, by the 
undersigned", Mr. Alexander W. Walter and 
Miss Sarah Ellen Weyandt, both of Green- 
held Tp., Blair Co., 



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Deceased was born in York Co., Pa., May 
^, 1S27; married Jacob Dllling in 1845. Some 
time after the death of her husband, in 1S62, 
she married Samuel Hosier, with whom she 
lived fifteen years. Sister Hosier was a con- 
sistent member of the Brethren church for 
3S years. Services by elders S. Murray, II. 
Wikeand O. C. Ellis. D. SinriKr.i.r,. 

ADAMS.— In Siark Co., Ohio, Jan. 3, 1SS9, 
friend James Adams, aged 70 years, 5 
inonlhs and 22 days. Services by the wiit- 
,er, in the Disciple church at Marlboro, O. 
J.J. Hoover. 

BOWMAN — \tSan Diego, Cal., Oct. 29, 
1SS7, Solomon folk, sou of Eld. Geo. C. 
and Annie Bowman, of the Knob Creek 
church, Washington Co., Tenn., aged 20 
years and 6 months. 
The many virtues of tire departed one 

-will live long after his earthly tenement has 

.crumbled back to drrst. Sue V. Bowman. 

EDMISTER— In the Salem congregation, 
Marion Co., Oregon, Bro. Leonard Edmis- 
-ter, aged 61 years, r month and 21 days. 

the Brethren for about 30 years, and was a 
faithful deacon for 27 years, lie leaves a 
wife, one daughter and several sons to mourn 
their loss. M. M. Baskor, 

TEETER —In the Dry Fork church, Jasper 
Co., Mo., Oct. ro, iSSS, Carrie May, daugh- 
ter of Bro, D. W. and sister Ellen Teeter, 
aged r year, 5 months and 16 days. Serv- 
ices by W. M. Harvey and S. Wine. 
FORST.— In the English Prairie church, La 
Grange Co., Iud., Sept. S, iSSS, sister Eliz- 
abeth (Burger) Forst, aged 65 years, 4 
months and 29 days. Services by brethren 
J. V, Fclthouse and Peter Long. 



BURGER.— Inthc same church, Dec. 19, 
r*SS, Bro. Jonas Burger, aged cc years, 5 
months and 28 days. 

Deceased was a faithful deacon in the 
church for a number o! years. The vicinity 
has lost a good citizen, tire church a good 
member, and the family a kind father and 
husband. He leaves a wife and seven chil- 
dren to mourn their loss. Services by breth- 
ren |. V. Fellhouse, Peter Lone and the 



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HAWK— In LaGrangeCo., Ind, Nov 

iSSS, Lena I lawk, aged 84 years, 4 months 

"and 17 days. Services by Bro. Peter Long 

and tiro writer. NoAll II SlIUTT. 

WEST— In the Strait Creek Valley congre- 
gation, Highland Co, Ohio, Dec. 26, iSSS, 
Bro Lorenzo West, aged 41 years. 
Deceased filled the office of deacon, and in 

lie leaves a kind companion and seven chil- 
dren to mourn Iris early departure, hut they 
need not sorrow as those who have no hope. 
By his request he was anointed, when he gave 
himself entirely into the Lord's hands. As a 
deacon Ire worked faithfully for the prosperi- 
ty of the church. In his death we have lost 
one of our best counselors and strongest pil- 
lars in the Strait Creek church. Services by 
W. Q. Calvert, as-isted by W. Calvert, from 
Ps. S: 4. Hymn 643 and text, selected by the 
deceased. Thomas C. Weaver. 

All ALT.— Nov. 7, 18SS, of consumption, sis- 
ter Julian Ahalt, aged about 58 years. 
Deceased was a consistent and faithful 
member of the Brethren church for at least 
30 years, and delighted to attend meeting 
whenever opportunity and health would per- 
mit. For a number of years she was so af- 
flicted that she could only attend meeting 



favorabli 



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Christian fortitude, being 
always cheerful, and having full confidence 
of a brighter sphere beyond this world. Her 
departure was ralm. She leaves a devoted 
husband and two children, a son in Iowa, and 
a kind daughter who faithfully ministered to 



David . 

iSSS, Mr. 



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BLACK - 
aged 39 
ices by the writer, from Is. 3S: I. 

Michael Claar. 
HARDY— In the Amelia chu-ch, la., Dec. 
;S, Roy, sorr of Bro. James and sister Mary 
Hardy, aged 5 years, 7 months and 17 days. 
J. W. Trostle. 

RILEY.— At Bessemer, Ala., Dec IS, Lot- 
lie C , daughter of J. M. and Allora Riley, 
aged 4 years, 9 months and some days. 
Last May sire went with her parents to 

Alabama, where the tender bud was called 



1 to t 



J. C. Brown. 
EICHE.— Near Kansas City, Jackson Co., 
Mo., Bro. Daniel Eiche, aged 41 years, 3 
months and 25 days. 

Deceased was born near Lima, iUlen 
Co., Ohio, and buried at Centre View, John- 
son Co., Mo , by tire side of his former com- 
panion. He leaves a wife, five sons and one 
daughter. Services by Bro. Andrew Hutch- 
ison. Mart Eoeesoli:. 
CRAMMER— In Stark Co, Ohio, Dec. 24, 
iSSS, Cynthia Cramer, aged 22 years. 
Deceased was horn in La Porte Co., Ind., 
in 1S66. She leaves a father, two brothers 
and four sisters to mourn her departure. 
IKENliERRY.-ln the Cold Water church, 
at Greene, Butler Co, Iowa, John Wash- 
ington, son of Bro. I larvey and sister Susan 
Ikenberry, aged 5 years and 22 days. Serv- 
ices by Eld. J. F. Ikenberry, from Rev. 14 : 
12, 13. J. D. Shook. 



STAUFI'ER.— In Winchester, Fred, rirk 
Co., Va., Dec. ; 7 . ISSS, si-ler Anna Stauff 
er, aged 70 years and S months. Sen ices 
by the writer. John f. Driver. 

MUMMER*.— In Arnold's Grove church, 
Carroll Co., 111., Dec. 27, rSS8, sister Eliza, 
beth Mummert, aged S3 years, 7 months 
and rodays. Services from Job 14: 14. 
J.J.Emmkbt. 

METCALF.— In the Antietam congregation, 
Franklin Co, Pa., April 24, 1S88, Abraham 
Ntrickler Metcalf, aged 13 years, 9 months 
and 5 days. Services by the writer, from 
Ps. 102: 1$, 

BROWN.--In the same congregation, neai 
•Smilhburg, Md., Sept. 13, 1S88, infant of 
friend Jno. L. and sister Emma Brown, 
aged s days. T. F. Imi.i-.r. 

MIlTZ— At Rockingham, Ray Co, Mo, 
Dec. 10, 18SS, Bro. Peter G. Me.;-., aged 30 
years, 1 1 months and 10 days. 

Deceased was bom in Defiance Co., O, 
Dec. 25, 1S57. He was a son of Eld. Eli 
Metz, and a member of the church for about 
ten years. S.ept. S, iS88, he was chosen to 
the ministry. He was a workman that need- 
elh not be ashamed, rightly dividing the 
Word of Truth. Services by the writer, from 
^ Cor. 5: 1. S. B. Siiirky. 



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Aa a rale, it has always been the object and la- 
bor of the church to have our religious practices 
conform, as nearly as possible, to the written Word. 
In attending some oE the late communion-meet- 
ings, our mind was called to this desire with un- 
usual force; and in our reflections we have seen 
that even in this seemingly very laudable desire 
there may be danger. The danger is not in get- 
ting too near the truth, but in running the (ruth 
into extreme literalism. 

Extremes have always been dangerous elements 
in the church. The danger, it seems to us, con- 
sists largely in separating the letter and the spir- 
it of the Gospel. This danger pertains in a very 
special manner to the subject of feet-washing as a 
church ordinance; and, in our estimation, it is be- 
ing made somewhat manifest in what is usually 
styled the single mode. The singleness of it is 
being pressed too far into the letter; so that, while 
the precise letter is being carried out, the spirit 
or true design may be overlooked and lost. The 
virtue of the ordinance certainly does not consist 
in the mere form of the washing and wiping, but 
in the grand lesson given in the observance of the 
ordinance. 

We have always been favorable to what is called 
the single mode, but after some reflection are not 
in favor of running after the letter too far. The 
practice that we have been accustomed to, and as 
used in quite a number of our churches, and, in- 
deed, the old practice, is for the same one who 
washes to also do the wipiug; but that ho have 
the privilege of washing and wiping more than 
one, leaving the wasliing and wiping a voluntary 
act, instead of a required or forced one, as is the 
case in the order that requires each one to wash 
and wipe. 

Our first objection to this order is the danger of 
running into the extreme Tetter idea, as we have 
seen it practiced. No doubt some of you have 
been at communion-meetings where, when the 
13th chapter of John was read, and the reader 
came to " He riseth from supper," two brethren 
arose,—" and laid aside his garments," they laid 
aside their garments,— "and took a towel and 
girded himself," they took towels and girded 
themselves, etc., and so continued acting out the 
reading until through with the descriptive part. 
While, such practice may seem commendable, 
there is too muoh mimicry about it to retain the 
spirit, and we are glad to know that,- in several 
churches where this was once the practice, it is 
now abandoned, and the whole .Scripture pertain- 
ing to the ordinance is read before feet-washing is 
commenoed. Tho rotation system, or order, comes 



under the same line of action. It encourages sys- 
tem and the letter, at the expense of the spirit. 

Our second objection to the rotation order ia, 
that-it militates against Voluntary action on tho 
part of the members. Feet-washing, after this 
order, is not a choice on the part of the member, 
but is dependent on hia membership, thus making 
it nothing more than an empty form through 
which he must pass, or be deprived of all the at- 
tending services and privileges. It becomes a 
mechanical action through which he must pass 
when his turn come?. 

We never had such a happy experience in feet- 
washing as when it was our privilege to voluntari- 
ly go forward and wash and wipe our brethren's 
feet. It was not an act of compulsion, but of free 
choice, prompted by love, to follow the example 
of the Master, and to condescend to wash and 
wipe my brethren's feet. It was a heart-service, 
in which we received that happiness of soul prom- 
ised,— "If ye know these things, happy are ye if 
ye do them." 

We know that on objection may be urged against 
this order, because all can not have the privileoe 
of washing feet at the same meeting, i I 
but abundant opportunity is given for as many as 
wish to do so; and if there are those present who 
wish to do so, and the opportunity is not afforded, 
the desire, before God, is quite as good as the act; 
and, besides, the bleBBed privilege of preferring 
another is here given. If we sacrifice our de- 
sires that others may have theirs, God will accept 
and the blessing be given. 

By leaving the washing 'and wiping a voluntary 
service, it affords opportunities for humble serv- 
ices that can not be shown or given in any other 
way. In the church we have the head, the body, 
the arms, the hands, the legs and the feet. In 
other words, there are some rich, Eome poor, some 
learned, some unlearned. These differences may 
be felt among us, and sometimes our poor breth- 
ren feel that they do not have the respect and con- 
sideration, etc., that the richer ones get. This 
feeling ought to lie removed, and one of the ways 
to do this, is for the rich to serve the poor, the 
learned to serve the unlearned, the elder and min- 
ister to serve the most humble laymember. This 
can be done most effectually in stooping down and 
washing their feet. Dear brother or sister, did 
God ever bless you with such an opportunity V 
We have experienced the joy of such a privilege, 
and it was a power for good in more ways than 
one. Privileges of this kind can be enjoyed only 
by leaving the washing oplional— by leaving those 
wash who wish to do so. And if the true charac- 
ter of the ordinance is rightly set before the mem- 
bership, there will be no lack for those who wish 
to serve. If there is any sacrifice ia the service, 
"t will be on the part of those who will have to de- 
ny themselves tho privilege of washing and wip- 
ing their brethren's feet. It is well to let it be 
thus. 
The third reason why we do not approve of the 



rotation order is, that it destroys the force of 
Paul's instructions to Timothy in regard to wid- 
ows being received into the office of deaconess, or 
accepted as proper subjects for church charity 
aud the distribution of charities. Among the 
other qualifications named is, "If she "have 
washed the saints' feet." In.our mind, this ref- 
erence to washing proves one of two things. It 
either proves that this feet-washing is to be 
classed among the good works named in this con- 
nection, or that the washing at that time was left 
to the voluntary choice of the members— whether 
they would serve or be served. 

It is not reasonable to suppose that Paul would 
recommend widows, who had not been members 
long enough to be present at a communion season, 
to responsible positions in the church. If they 
were present at such meetings, and if the rotation 
order of feet-washing was observed, there could 
lie no question about their washing the saints' 
feet, as there would have been no way to get out 
of doing so. In this order there is no opportuni- 
ty given members to show their willingness to 
serve,— they simply act when their turn comes, as 
a cog in a wheel. 

Again, in this connection we have the idea of 
plurality— the saints' feet. Tho plural construc- 
tion is stronger than an inference. The legiti- 
me conclusion we draw from Ihe language used 
is, that she must be a widow that has served in 
washing the feet of her sisters— not her sister, but 
her sisters. So, it seems to us that, in the light 
of a critical examination of Paul's instructions, 
wo can not well avoid the conclusion to which we 
have come, unless we admit that the feet-washing: 
here referred to is classed among the good works 
named, and has no reference to feet-washing as an 
ordinance. And as we are not ready to make this 
admission, we must accept it as evidence on the 
manner as well aB the ordinance itself. In per- 
forming the ordinance, as it was always done in 
what was called the double mode, and by qnite a 
large number of churches that practice the single 
mode, the opportunity is given for this fitness 
that Paul names, to be made manifest, because on 
such occasions the more faithful aud active mem- 
bers do the greater part of the serving. 

Accepting this view of the whole subject, we' 
have beauty, force and harmony in Paul's instruc- 
tions, just as we believe that he intended there 
should be. For responsible positions in the 
church, faithful and active sisters are needed. A 
sister who has never shown her faithfulness and 
Christian activity by washing the saints' feet, is 
not a fit person to fill a responsible position, or to 
receive special favors. So Paol says, and so say 

YVe have now presented our views on this sub- 
ject at some length, not for the sake of calling 
forth a discussion, but for the sake of the truth, 
as we have tried to present it. If our position is 
not well founded, we wish to be enlightened, and 
will gladly stand corrected: but don't plunge into 
a discussion unless you really feel that there is a 
necessity for it. What we want in all Gospel 
practices is the letter and the spirit savingly com- 
bined. The letter, of itself, is dead, but the spir- 
' it giveth it life. 



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DOES THE CHURCH OF THE LORD'S BUILDING 

STILL EXIST, AND WHERE IS IT TO 

BE FOUND I 



Number Two. 
To impress tliis subject still farther upou the 
mind, I will present a review of an address, re- 
cently delivered by a Methodist Bishop. In the 
beginning of his address he 6tated that if we 
wanted to see the origin of Methodism, we should 
go back to the primitive church under the teach- 
ings of the apostles, saying that the Christian 
life of the early church found its best exemplifica- 
tion in a modem Methodist church. Later on, 
in speaking of the attitude of different denomina- 
tions to each other, he said he believed in culti- 
vating a fraternal spirit and being in a broad sense, 
but he In,'! „o sympathy with those who minted all 
to become one church! 

How is this? There must be something wrong 
somewhere. The primitive church was a united 
church, there were no factions under the apostles' 
teaching. On the contrary, there was the sternest 
denunciation of the denominational spirit. Paul 
thundered his apostolic denunciation against the 
attempt, and nipped it in the bud. He told these 
factious spirits that their course was carnal, and 
exhorted them to all speak the same thing, " that 
there be no divisions among you, but that ye be 
perfectly joined together in the same mind, and 
in the same judgment" 

■ Tim ie but an example of the teaching, both of 
Christ and his apostles, yet this Bishop has no 
sympathy for this kind of teaching. Evidently 
he has drif ted from the old land-marks of Method- 
ism, if as he asserts, Methodism and the early 
church were identical. Before closing the address, 
the mystery was solved. The good Bishop de- 
scribed a visit he had made to Oxford University, 
and to the room in which the Wesleys and others 
met for years at the beginning of the Wesleyan 
movement. He told of the character and impetus 
of the movement which began in an upper room at 
Oxford (not at Jerusalem ), which has swept the 



wide earlh over. But, in giving it, the secret 
slipped from the Bishop, perhaps unconsciously, 
that Methodism was not born in the first century 
of the Christian era, but in the eighteenth; not at 
Jerusalem, but at Oxford; not under the apostolic 
teaching, but under the direction of John "Wesley 
and his associates. 

The peculiar characteristics of the one church 
of the Lord's building, as presented in the inspired 
Volume, is, 

1. An unswerving faith in God the Father, and 
God the Son, and God the Holy ({host. John 14- 
1, 16,2a 

2. Bepeutance, which means conviction of sin, 
sorrow for sin, hatred of sin in all its forms, re- 
nunciation of sin, a reformation of life, and con- 
formity to the will of God in all things as revealed 
in the New Testament. Luke 24: 47; Acts 2: 3S- 
3: IS); 2 Cor. 7: 10, 11. 

3. A new creature formed, " born of tho water 
and of the Spirit." Johu 3: 5. "J?or as many of 
you as have been baptized into Christ have put 
on Christ." Gal. 3: 27. As there is one body (or 
church) and one spiiit by which we are baptized 
into it, there is also one Lord, one Lawgiver like 
unto Moses, one faith, comprehending the Father, 
and the Son, and the Holy GhoBt. So there is 
one baptism,— one ordinance by which, a penitent 
believer is buried with Christ,— into the name of 
the Father, as the Creator and Governor of the 
universe, and in the name of the Son as the Re- 
deemer and Savior, and of the Holy Ghost as the 
Instructor and Sauctifier. Matt. 28: 1!), 20. 

This is the only place where the formula is 
given in the Divine Record, and it certainly con- 
veys the idea of a threefold action. There is no 
coiubinali'ju of words in the vocabulary of the 
English language that could make it more clear. 
That immersion is the mode by which it was per- 
formed liy Joint and the apostles, is clearly indi- 
cated by being compared to a biith, and the fact 
that in all places where it was performed by in- 
spired men, it was done in the water, much water 
being sought where it was to be performed. There 
" not one instance where there is any intimation 
that would be taken as testimony before an iutel- 
tt jury, that it was performed by pouring or 
lkling. Our premise, that immersion is the 
mode, is further sustained by the word baptize., as 
"'. was understood by those who read the Script- 
res as they were first written. 

SaflUc.~ln Greek, baplizo, from infill, to dip, immerse, or 

plunge under, to overw helm in water .—Z.ni,-hii,<. ,is .nwlcil In- 



The Greek Christians, who have the commis- 
sion in their own native language, practice the 
ordinance of baptism by trine immersion, and, as 
Alexander Campbell says, " Seventy-five or a hun- 
dred such vouchers would outweigh the world." 

4. Christian baptism requires a proper- subject. 
That adults who have the use of their mental fac- 
ulties are eligible, is unquestionable, and that such 
were they who received the ordinances, so far as 
given in Divine Revelation, is unquestionable. 
Such as were capable of being taught, were bap- 
tized. See the commission by Matthew, by Mark, 
and the Acts of the Apostles, 5: 14. "And be- 

:ers were the more added to the Lord, multi- 
tudes, both men and icomen." There is nothing 
said here or elsewhere about children being bap- 
tized in the church of the Lord's building. 

We are told of the households of Lydia, of tho 
jailer, and of Stephanas, that it is possible, and 
even probable, that there were children and even 
infants in those families; but in matters o£ so 
much importance, neither possibilities nor proba- 
bilities can be accepted as testimony, nor will they 
be accepted by an intelligent court in any oase. 



Iu these cases referred to, wheu carefully ana- 
lyzed, it will bo apparent that the probabilities 
are all on the other sido of this question. 

But we are told that baptism is to the Christian 
church what circumcision was to the Jewish, and 
that infants were circumcised when eight days 
old. We admit that baptism was symbolized by 
circumcision, but, while analogous in some things, 
in others it was entirely different. Circumcision 
was natural and temporal, baptism is spiritual and 
eternal. Circumcision wns confined to the males, 
a seal of the covenant for the inheritance of the 
land of Canaan, to be performed when the sub- 
jects were eight days old. If they died before 
that time, there waa nothing lost. Baptism is for 
men and women, and is a condition of the pardon 
of sin and of the inheritance "with the saints in 
light." It is to be obeyed when the faculties of 
the mind are sufficiently developed, so that they 
can believe and repent. If they die before that 
i, there is nothing lost; they are safe in the 
arms of Christ, who says, "Suffer the little chil- 
dren to come unto me, and forbid them not; for of 
such is the kingdom of heaven." After passing 
that stage, "except they be converted and become 
as little children, they can not get into that king- 
dom." 

0. This brings us to consider for a moment the 
design of baptism. "To the law and to the testi- 
mony: if they speak not according to this word, it 
is-becanse there is no light in them." "And he 
said unto them, Go into all the world, and preach 
the gospel to every creature. He that believeth 
id is baptizetl shall be saved." John preached 
the baptism of repentance for (unto) the remission 
of Bins. Peter, on the day of Pentecost, said unto 
them, "Repent, and be baptized every one of yon 
in the name (by the authority) of Jesus Christ 
for (nnto) the remission of sine, and ye shall re- 
ceive the gift of the Holy Ghost." It ie apparent, 
therefore, that they believed that to repent and lie 
baptized was what they needed in order to the re- 
mission of their sine. 

In the case of the jailer, being made sensible 
of his situation, he said to the apostles, " Sirs, 
what must I do to be saved? " and the answer was, 
" Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt 
be saved and thy house. And they spake unto 
him the word of the Lord, and to all that were iu 
his house. And he took them the same hour of 
the night, and washed their stripes; and was bap- 
tized, he and all his, straightway. And when he 
had brought them into his houee, he set meat be- 
fore them, and rejoiced, believing in God with all 
his house." 

In this case, the want of faith was the trouble. 
That being secured, the other conditions neces- 
sary for Balvation, after they were instructed, were 
at once complied with, and they rejoiced in the 
experience. 

Saul, after the divine manifestation, on the way 
to Damascus, was inspired with faith and led to 
repentance. Desiring reconciliation, he enquired 
of the Lord what he must do, and was directed 
where to go to be told what he must do. Anani- 
as, God's chosen instrument, finding him in such 
attitude as satisfied him that all was right so far, 
encouragingly says to him, "Why tarriest thou? 
Arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, 
calling on the name of the Lord." So we see that 
in all these cases the instructions were suited to 
the peculiar circumstances of each, showing that, 
in all caBes, what is necessary to citizenship in the 
kingdom of Christ, is a genuine faith, sincere re- 
pentance, and genuine Christian baptism. 

Then, leaving the first principles of the doc- 
trine of Christ, we go on unto perfection, enquir- 
ing what is meant by the "all things " that Christ 
commanded the apostles, with the promise given 
that he would be with them even unto the end o£ 



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THE. GOSPSL MESSENGER. 



the world. We get the idea that the ordinances 
of the church, us instituted and celebrated by 
Christ, are intended to be kept to the end of the 
dispensation. They are spoken of as ordinances 
to be kept,— that is to say, more than one ordi- 
nance. Baptism is not an ordinance of the church, 
since it ought to be administered before a person 
be admitted into the church, and, if rightly per- 
formed, ought not to be repeated. Yet there is a 
plurality of ordinances to be kept. Paul says, 
" Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of 
Christ. Now I praise you, brethren, that ye re- 
member me in all things, and keep the ordinances, 
as I delivered them to you. 1 Cor. 11:1,2. "For 
I have received of the Lord that which also I de- 
livered unto you, That the Lord Jesus, the same 
night in which he was betrayed, took bread " 1 
Cor. 11: 23. 

This calls the mind back to the night of the be- 
trayal, and what do we learn in that lesson? We 
learn first that, before the feast of the Passover, 
antecedent to the Passover, he ( Christ) had a sup- 
per prepared, and that he rose from the prepared 
supper and washed the feet of the disciples, and 
wiped them with the towel wherewith he was 
girded. Afterwards, being seated with them again, 
he said unto them, " Know ye what I have done 
to you? Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say 
well; for so I am. If I then, your Lord and 
Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to 
wash one another's feet, For I have given you an 
example, that ye should do as I have done to you. 
■ . If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye 
do them." John 13: 1-17. Matthew, Mark, and 
Luke speak of the breaking of the bread and the 
taking of the cup, in connection with the feet- 
washing and the supper. "And he took bread, 
and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto 
them, saying, This is my body which is given for 
you: this do in remembrance of me. Likewise 
also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the 
new testament in my blood, which is shed for 
you." Luke 22: 19, 20. 

Here we have three distinct ordinances, insti- 
tuted and celebrated by the builder of this church 
( apart from baptism ), commanded and exempli- 
fied by Christ. "What therefore God hath 
joined together, let not man put asunder. 



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FEET-WASHING A CHUKCH ORDINANCE. 

PY S. S. MOHLEK. 

The washing of the saints' feet as a Christian 
ordinance, resting on the authority of our Savior, 
according to John 13: 14, 15, does not admit of 
raising the question as to the part it performs in 
the salvation of souls, any more than does water 
baptism, or the eating of the bread of the Sacra- 
ment. All are external ordinances and equally 
simple in character. 

The same holy lips that spake the cDmmauil, 
" Go teach all nations baptizing them," and that 
said, "Take eat, this is my boly," also said, "If I 
your Lord and Master have washed your feet; ye 
also ought to wash one another's feet; for I have 
given you an example that ye should do as I have 
done to you." As far as authority is given for 
baptism and the Eucharist, there is the same 
authority for feet-washing. Why feet-washing 
should besinglelout, and rejected by the religion* 
world generally, while admitting biptisn and the 
Eucharist to be ordinances, appears strange. 
Why not reject baptism or the sacraments, and 
adhere to feet-washing? Doubtless because the 
latter is the more unfashionable — is too humiliat- 
ing and against thie, human pride protests. 

The popular distinction which rejects feet-wash- 
ing, and admits the others, can not be drawn 
from either the example, or preoepts of Christ. 
Its rejeotion is to by attributed to something else 



than to a want of authority. To say that Christ 
only meant to teach a lesson of humility, and that 
we should got this idea of humility by the act of 
feet-washing on his part, would hold with equal 
force against baptism and the eating of the sacra- 
mental bread, for if the idea of the former is 
enough, without the thing itself, then surely the 
idea of the others is all that is neede 1, and they 
may, for the same reason, be also rejected. 

To say that the apostles did not practice feet- 
washing, because, as claimed, we have no record 
that they did practice it, would, if true, be an argu- 
ment against feet-washing, but equally eo against 
baptizing in the name of the Father, and of the 
Son, and of the Holy Ghost, sines we have no rec- 
ord that they baptized according to this authorized 
formula. But of this there is no doubt with any 
one, for all the churches use that formula. If, 
then, there was no record that the apostles ob- 
served and taught feet-washing, and that fact is 
urged as an argument against it being a Christian 
ordinance, the same thing would be an argument 
against the use of the formula of Christian bap- 
tism authorized by Christ. Besides, if the apos- 
tles did not teach and practice it, their character 
as faithful men to Christ stands impeached, for 
Christ commanded them to teach and to observe all 
things he had commanded them to observe. To 
say that Christ did not command them either by 
example, or precept to wash feet, is to deny the 
meaning of words and the only Iegimate use of an 
example. An example is a pattern,— something 
to imitate, to copy after. To say that the example 
consisted in giving them an idea of humility to 
copy after, is of no force here, since his whole life 
was a living example of wonderful humility, and 
his ministry full of its teachings, from which they 
would most fnlly catch the idea, without this ad- 
ditional example. Something more was intended, 
and that was, a literal ordinance, to be observed 
by his disciples, the absence of which would 
show among professors that they were not follow- 
ing him whom they professed to love. "He that 
bath my commandments and keepeth them, he it 
is that loveth me." John 14: 21. 

To say that the apostles neither taught nor ob- 
served feet-washing, is to show ignorance of what 
is written, for in 1 Tim. 5:10, feet-washing is 
made a qualification to entitle widows to the char- 
ities of the church, making feet-washing a con- 
stituent of Christian character But suppose such 
widows would not have "washed the saints' feet," 
—then what? They certainly would have been 
refused tho charities of the church. Their neg- 
lect to obey this precept would show the church 
that they would not place themselves in line with 
either the precept, or Spirit of Christ, and, there- 
fore, were not to be cared for as disciples by the 
church, because something was deficient in their 
character. To deny the utility of the ordinance 
of feet-washing in forming character, as much so 
as either baptism, or the sacraments, is to im- 
peach Zion's Law-giver. Yet to insist that its 
utility must be manifest, to constitute the reason 
for observing it, is in many instances only soph- 
istry, and is proof of a mind unwilling to obey 
Christ, It is often the last resort of a captious 
spirit, and it is equal to saying that obedience to 
Christ only begins where protests fail. 

To place obedience to Christ, in the several 
commandments he gave, upon the manifest utility 
of these commandments in forming Christian 
oharacter, would place baptism and the Eucharist 
in the same position, and would involve the as- 
sumption, that human reason is able to determine 
the relation between the external ordinance and 
the necessities of the human soul, and how the 
observance of the simple ordinances is of spiritual 
benefit to the soul. It would be as easy to explain 
how the clay and spittle with which Christ anoint- 



ed the eyes of the blind man, and then washing 
in the pool of Siloam, restored his sight, or how 
the waters of Betheeda healed the afflicted as to 
show how spiritual benefits follow the observance 
of ordinances. A sufficient explanation, however, 
is found for such benefits in the fact that the Lord 
commanded the act. 

To say that all that is connected with feet-wash- 
lug is external, that there is neither thought, feel- 
ing, experience, or any moral quality in the act, 
is abundantly disproved by those who object to it 
as an ordinance to be observed, since it is pre- 
cisely on these grounds that the objections are 
urged. As a command, it touches and stira the 
prond hearts, and their aversion to it leads them 
to disobey it. 

Now, does any one believe that the blind man 
wonld have had his sight restored, if he had said 
to Christ: "I will not have any of that clay on my 
eyes. I will not go to the pool and wash "? No, 
if men were as anxious to have their souls healed 
as the blind man was to obtain sight, any com- 
mand of the Lord would be a delight. 

The ordinance of feet-washing strikes the mind, 
at least in one respect, as do all the precepts and 
ordinances of the New Testament. They all 
awaken thought and develop motive, and hence 
they operate as tests. This fact is one of the 
chief reasons for their appointment. If they 
failed as tests of dispositious, they wonld not 
serve to distinguish spirits of what sort they are, 
whether of God, or the spirit of error. 

Tests are turning points. The commandments 
of Christ serve the important purpose of making 
manifest the will of those who are disposed to 
obey. They test the will, and obedience is the ev- 
idence that in the test of the will the person 
turned away from self to Christ, making his own 
will subordinate, and Christ's supreme. This is 
dutiful submission. 

-Disobedience is the evidence that, in the test of 
the will, the person turned back to self, and held 
disloyal personal preferences against submission 
to Christ, making Christ subordinate, and self su- 
preme. It is of the utmost importance to know- 
that unconditional submission to the Divine Will 
is the essential thing, without questioning what 
this or that command may contemplate. It should 
be enough to know the thing is a commandment 
of our Lord, and feet-washing is such a com- 
mand. 

What private in the army dares call in question 
the orders of his superior officer? The safety of 
the private and the efficiency of. the army depend 
on his obedience to the officer in command. The 
Chri6tiau church is made up of volunteers, en- 
rolled in the army of Israel, and Jesus is the 
Captain of the army. He gave command to the 
hosts, " Ye ought to wash one another's feet." He 
further says, "I have given you an example that 
ye should do as I have done to you." "Blessed 
•e they that do his commandments, that they 
may have right to the tree of life, and may enter 
in through the gates into the city." 

Header, will you obey? Not they who obey are 
in danger, but they who do not obey. Will you 
protest against the will of the Master, and risk 
receiving his approval, when it will be of supreme 
importance to yon to have him say, " Well done, 
good and faithful servant, enter into the joy of thy 
Lord." "If ye know these things, happy are ye 
if ye do them." John 13: 17. 



I 



He who exercises his authority and command 
to oppress and enslave his inferiors by inhuman 

, is unworthy of trust, confidence, and respect, 
and obedience is then a compulsion, a necessity, 
not a consent or faithfulness, and the perpetrator 
should be hurled from his power as an enemy to 
justice and reason." 



THE GOSPBb MESSENGER. 



Jan. 29, 1SS9. 



A SOFT ANSWER. 

JACOB KEISER. 



The human heart is n wonderful mixture of 
different element*. We find different disposi- 
tions in almost as many different P~ The 
fires of passion flame up at a breath, and, by giv- 
ing a,av to wrath and pride, reason >s driven 
from her throne, but a soft answer, like oil on the 
troubled water, calms the tumult and restores 
reason to the angry soul. 

Under- many an outward calm, what suffering is 
concealed! How many sorrows dwell in the re- 
cesses of the soul-sorrows shared by no one! 
Few are the hearts that have not some secret sor- 
row' It may be of some neglected opportunities, 
or it may be some irreparable loss. T* all such 
hearts how grateful, how healing are soft answers 
gentle words, and kind admonitions! How often 
do we think those to be surly, who are only sad! 
Perhaps they are sad because there is no one to 
speak kind words o£ love, of hope and of cheer to 
them. 

i word of love, fitly spoken, is like apples ot 
gold or pictures of silver to the troubled soul, lo 
many a servant words of kindness are more pre- 
cious than the wages he earne,-nece S sary as they 
are to keep body and soul together. Who, then, 
would refrain from speaking words of love r lne 
kind words spoken have kept many a poor soul 
from going down to ruin and despair! 

There may be times when words o£ rebnke seem 
to be called for, and there may be times when [( , 
scorn aud contempt are deserved, but when erring 
men and women sit in judgment on their fellows, 
let those who need mercy, forget not to show 
mercy. Those who have drank deepest of the 
cup of sorrow, who have had the greatest ex- 
perience of life, who have observed most widely, 
and studied most deeply the mysteries of hnman 
natnre and human life, are most patient, most 
pitiful, most long-sufferi ng and forbearing. They 
hesitate to pronounce judgment; they are most 
ready to pardon the erring, to give hope to the 
penitent, to trust that somehow good will be the 
final end of all. Their knowledge of hnman nat- 
nre giveB them a disposition to be patient, gentle, 
hopeful, and to give a soft answer to every suf- 
fering fellow-creature. 

Then let us remember that he who was tempt- 
ed in all points as we are, who trod the wine- 
press alone, gives wisdom to all who ask it, re- 
ceives all who come, tarns none away empty. He 
lias ever a soft answer of peace for every needy, 
enquiring sool. He waits to be gracious to the 
impenitent He is oar Exemplar, and we will do 
well to follow him. Let us remember that kind 
•words and soft answers sometimes melt the heart 
of stone! 

Primrose, 0. 

SCRIPTURAL SELF-RESPECT. 

EY IOHX CALVIN BHIGHT. 



The individual, who Imb presonted his body a 
living sacrifice unto the Lord, who is not con- 
formed to this world, but transformed by the re- 
newing of his mind, is approximating this teach- 
ing of the apostle. 

The violation of this precept has caused a groat 
deal of trouble in the world, and, I am sorry to 
say, has made many unhappy inroads in the 
church. Two of the twelve desired the chief 
place in the Masters kingdom. The church at 
Corinth owed its disorder largely to the want of 
proper self-respect. 

The Scriptures teach that it is belter to take 
the lowest room and be invited "up," than the 
highest and be driven "down." "He that ex- 
alteth himself shall be humbled; he that hnmbleth 
himself shall be exalted." 

The Scriptures also teaeh that when God calls 
one to perform labor in his vineyard, implicit 
obedience should follow. Moses excused him- 
self on account of his heavy tongue, but when it 
became evident that it was his duty, he, with 
oreat meekness and zeal, proceeded with the task. 
God's blessing rests not on any other course. 
Jonah fled and had quite a fishing expenence. 
Paul confessed his uuworthiness in strong terms, 
yet he magnified his office, and declared he was 
not " a whit behind the chiefest apostle." 

No one should be desirous for public labor or 
distinction. If Sod requires any to perform 
special duties, his hand is not short to Belect and 
qualify some for the purpose, aud there need be 
no anxiety about it. God's plan is the wisest, his 
time is the best, and his blessiDg will surely fol- 



New Lebanon, O. 



PRINCIPLE. 



];V A. W. I'.EESIC. 






" For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man 
that is among you, not to think of himselt more highly than 
he ou»ht to think; but to think soberly, according as God 
hath dealt to every man the measure of iaith."-Ro.n. iz: 3. 

This is a nice point, and it is not attained " by 
nature." "The carnal mind" seeks exaltation. 
Alexander the Great's theory was that the world 
would enjoy the greatest prosperity if under one 
government, and hoiself at the head. He wad- 
ed through the blood of millions to attain it. But 
his ignoble end demonstrated to all ages how 
widely he missed the mark. There have been 
myriads of miniature Alexanders, but none have 
demonstrated the wisdom of their course. 



.■Foroll.er foundation can no man lay than that is laid, 
which is Jesus Christ."— 1 Cor. 3: 1. 

" The snblimest word in the English tongue is 
duly "—was the remark of an eminent man of the 
present age. What is duty? It is fidelity to prin- 
ciple. What is principle? It is that purpose of 
the will, or sentiment of the heart, resulting from 
a clear perception of the distinction between right 
and wrong, as set forth in God's Word, with a 
firm, conscientious, and intelligent determination 
to faithfully discharge all the obligations of life. 
It is the motive power which constrains the in- 
dividual to be just towards God, and towards his 
fellow-man; to render to Gesar the things that are 
Ca-sar's, and to God the things that are God's." 
If these promises be true, then principle is ^ in- 
dispensable to a pure, blameless, aud upright 
life. It is the foundation of " a conscience void 
of offense towards God and towards man." Prin- 
ciple is, therefore, not the creature of blind im- 
pulse, it is not a mere sentiment— nor is it yet the 
result of enthusiasm. Principle is the offspring 
of a sincere and intelligent search after truth, 
and, comprised in this definition, is an unreserved 
acceptation of what the Truth reveals. And more- 
over, whether the results of investigation accord 
with pre-conceived opinions or not, yet, in view 
of these wholesome and rational restrictions, how 
strange are the idiosyncrasies of the human mind! 
How often the search for truth is hampered and 
obstructed by the bias of early education and 
training; the force of social cuatoms and ideas- 
preconceived opinious-and blind, unreasoning 
prejudice! We easily believe that which we wish 
to believe, and vice versa. 

If we could always bring to our aid, in the in- 
vestigation of moral principle, the same impartial 
mind, and the same sincere and earnest desire to 
know the truth, that we bring to boar in the 



search after physical or material science, how dif- 
ferent the result of our labors would be! 

Take mathematical science for example. Here 
„o on e wishes to be deceived; here all are unani- 
mous in their sincere and earnest desire to know 
the truth: for here all know there is no safety out- 
side the Truth. Bnt here, it must be remembered, 
the difficulties to be encountered are purely in- 
tellectual— no moral principle is involved, and 
failure does not necessarily involve the morality 
of the aspirant to its honors. 

In its investigation no human passions are 
aroused to counteract its inevitable results. 

Its truths are not marred and distorted 
by human prejudice. ItB deductions are not 
moulded and shaped by pre-conceived notions, or 
false ideas of their real value. All its processes 
... ,,-llingly submitted to the test of reason and 
ocular demonstration, and the result is unquestion- 
ed. Bat how often the search after moral truth 
is hedged in and impeded, by all sorts of obstacles 
that could, by no means, enter into the investiga- 
tion of physical or material truth. 

Oar progress is impeded at every step, by ob- 
stacles that we would brush like cobwebs from 
our pathway in the pursuit of secular knowledge. 
But here what millstones about our necks they 
become! Beason, 

" Fall'n, fall'n, fall'n 
From her high estate." 

is " voiceless and tuneless " to the ear. We are en- 
cumbered by crude and imperfected theories— en- 
tangled in the meshes of unreasoning prejudices 
—enchained in the thralldom of creeds, whose 
chief claim to respect is their moss-grown anti- 
quity. We can readily perceive that, under such 
circumstances, but little progress can or will be 
made. How strange, and, often, how inconsist- 
ent is man! In the pursuit of secular knowledge, 
he will rest at nothing short of the absolute facts 
in the case. He demands the certain thing. He 
must have something tangible; something that ho 
can sec and know: something that demonstration 
can prove: something cloudless, and clear as the 
noon-day sun. 

He will not trust the operations of reason alone 
—he will not accept her abstract work, but he 
must have such demonstration as would solve 
some difficult problem in Euclid on the board. 
Like Didymus of old, he must see "the prints of 
the nails " in her feet before he will believe. 

But how different the case in the investigation 
of moral truth! And how immeasurably this 
towers in its sublime heights over all the wisdom 
of this world! How vastly important its de- 
mands! How infinitely disastrous a mistake 
becomes! Aud yet, in view of all this, how super- 
ficial man is in the acquisition of that knowledge 
by which he shall be made " wise unto salvation." 
How easily he is satisfied with even the semblance 
of " the truth as it is in Jesus." And this course 
is pursued by multiplied thousands, whose intel- 
ligence would reject such methods and suoh re- 
sults in their pursuit of scientific lore. 

An accomplished professional friend of the 
writer— though a skeptic -once said that he was 
surprised that so intelligent a man as myself 
(as he was pleased to say), "could believe in the 
Christian religion." He looked on the Bible as a 
fable, and not even " a first-class job " of that kind. 
And yet this same individual— a man of undoubt- 
ed talent and ability, and of high scientific at- 
tainments,— could nccept the absurdities of spirit- 
ualism, and ardently believe in tho existence of 
phenomena, claiming to be supernatural, ten 
thousand times more incredible than anything 
to be found in the Scriptures of Divine Truth. 
O, what a piece of work is man! 

Another "eminent oitizen," also a personal 
friend— remarked, that he had " always consider- 



Jau. 29, 1SS9. 



THE. GOSPEL MESSENGER. 



GO 



Dr. Reese a very smart man until he joined the 
Dunkaril church! " I charitably presume that he 
regards this procedure, on my part, as a mild 
species of insanity. 

The correct solution, after all, to man's opposi- 
tion to moral truth, is found in the Word of God 
— "The carnal mind is enmity to God." "When 
the Gospel mirror is h»ld up before him, man 
seas a very unflattering reflection of hiunelf there- 
in. It is the most complete, faithful and correct 
photograph ever taken— even down to its minutest 
details. 

Man does not, at all, relish this picture of him- 
self. It is not pretty to look at, — and bo he will 
not look at it any more than he can possibly help. 

The claims of the Gospel are foreign to his nat- 
ure, and repugnant to his tastes. The Gospel con- 
demns the things he naturally wants, and urges 
upon him the things he does not want Hence 
he finds the whole arrangement disagreeable to 
him, It is truly " tedious and tastele*3 " — " stale, 
fiat, and unprofitable-" in his view. If the voice 
of conscience— backed by his own reason, and 
sustained by the Sword of the Spirit— utter its 
solemn and warning protest, he will stilie its cry, 
or seek some easier relief from its torture, than 
the "Btrait gate "and "the narrow way." He 
will seek relief in some "refuge of lies,'' — Spirit- 
ualism, or its kindred deceptions, infidelity with 
its bold assertions, unsustained, either by evi- 
dence, or the voice of reason, or, to soolhe the death- 
less cry withiu, he will give, to " the hungerings 
and thirstings " of the soul, the empty husks of 
popular religion. 

Principle, — like its pirent, Tiuth, — admits 
of no compromise. Its demands are rigid, fixed, 
inexorable, — immutable as God himself. 

Truth stands amid the thick darkness of the 
world's moral night, like the towering light- 
house on the rock-ribbed beach of ocean. The 
tempest and the angry waves may beat upon it, 
but in vain. It stands amid fierce, contending 
storms, firm as the pillars of heaven itself. 

" Truth crushed to earth will rise again! 
The eternal years of God are hers! 
But error, wounded, writhes in pain, 
And dies amidst her worshipers." 

SKEPTICISM AND THE BIBLE. 

BY DANIEL HAl'S. 

Skeptical objections to the Bible may be 
named and considered in the following order: 

1. " The Bible says that 'all thiDgs are possible 
with God.' Some things are impossible from the 
nature of thiDgs. It i3 impossible to turn a 
grindstone two ways at once. If the Bible be 
mistaken in one thing, may it not be mistaken in 
many?" 

Considered. — This objection is false to com- 
mon sense. The Bible is true to reason. All rea- 
sonable things ait- possible with God. To turn a 
grindstone two ways at once would destroy its 
unity, and convert the order of nature into chaos. 

2. "The miracles of the Bible are contrary to 
all experience. We nowhere witness seas divide, 
or walls blown down by trumpet?, or fire descend- 
ing from heaven in answer to prayer. Everything 
occurs according to the sway of inexorable law." 

Considered. — This objection does not recognize 
the purpose of God in miracles. The great dis- 
pensations, Mosaic and Christian, were introduced 
and established by miracles. Should miracles 
continue, and be a common occurrence, they would 
be regarded as a part of the laws of nature. God 
made nature; and the laws of nature are only God's 
way of governing his works. But God does work 
in and above nature in answer to prayer, and to 
carry on Ids purposes in the plan of redemption. 
The conversion of every sinner is as much a mira- 
cle as the conversion of Paul. Is not the conver- 



sion of a sinner a reversing of the laws of the nat- 
ural man? When we see a soul rising slowly, yet 
Btirely, above the world, pushing up its delicate 
virtues and graceB iu the teeth of sin, growing 
daily into the image of Christ in purity and holi- 
ness, can we consider it leas than a miracle? 

3. The immorality of Bible characters, and the 
indelicate language in Bible narrations, are ad- 
duced as evidence that the Bible is not true. 

Considered.— That the Bible records the faults 
as well as the virtues of such men as Moses, Da- 
vid and Solomon, and gives all the facts in plain, 
unmistakable language, is conclusive evidence of 
its truthfulness. The language of the Bible is not 
obscure, presenting a vague picture to the imagl 
nation; but the sins of that ago are given in termi 
so simple that all may understand. If Abraham': 
"inhumanity" in turning Hagar and her babe in 
to the desert, of Jacob's "chicanery," of David' i 
"licentiousness and wife-stealing," were omitted 
in the Bible narrative, it would savor of partiality 
and deception; and if the faults of Bible charac. 
ters were not stated in plain terms, we would not 
know the sins of that age, and that the human 
heart was desperately wicked then as it is desper- 
ately wicked now. 

4. "The discrepancies of the Bible-contradicto 
ry accounts of the crucifixion and resurrection of 
Christ," are urged as a defect of the Bible. 

Considered.— If there is a variety in Bible nar- 
ration, there is also a consistent harmony. That 
the great events in the life of Christ are described 
ditleivntly by the four evangelists, is a strong 
presumption of their faithfulness in stating facts 
in the case. It is an evidence that there was nc 
preconcerted plan to deceive the world by describ 
ing an imaginary scene. As no two persons art 
able to see the sama occurrence alike, or to de- 
scribe it alike, so the sacred writers describe what 
the}' saw, each from his own stand-point, and the 
events thus described are consistent and harmoni- 

5. Then, again, skeptics urge that " professors 
of religion, however sincere, are unenlightened, 
and are kept in the thralldom of ignorance by 
their teachers who cow and browbeat them* if 
they dare question a single article of faith." 

Considered.— The light of history is the lig 
of reason on this head. Wherever the Bible has 
been honored, and the Christian religion has beet 
cherished, there liberty and education were a pow 
er and a blessing. The Bible has given Chris 
tianity to the world, and with it, free speech, fret 
press, the rights of man, the elevation of woman. 
the diffusion of knowledge, temperance and the 
principles of peace among all, irrespective of pre- 
vious condition, color or race. 

6. "But," says the skeptic, "I can uot believe 
what I do not understand, and because there are 
things in the Bible I do not understand, I do not 
believe it." 

Considered. — There are many things in nature 
which we do not understand, but that we believe 
nevertheless No one understands how a blade of 
grass grows, vet we believe it — we know that it 
grows. If we know not how a blade of grass 
grows, is it reasonable that we stumble at the 
doctrine of the Incarnation, the nature of regen- 
eration, and the efficacy of prayer? Bro. Mohler 
relates, that two young men, college students, 
while waiting at a depot, began to express their 
opinions on the merits of the Bible, as follows: 

" There are many things in the Bible that I can 
not understand, aud I have made up my mind not 
to believe anything unless I understand it What 
do you think about it?" 

'• Why, I have come to the same conclusion 
myself. Piea3on should be our guide in religious 
matters as in everything else. What is not con- 
sistent with reason is not worthy of belief." 



An old gentleman present, overhearing the con- 
versation, stepping up quietly, Baid: "As I came 
along the road to town this morning, I saw a num- 
ber nf cattle feeding on grass, and a part of the 
grass which they were eating, through the process 
of digestion and assimilation, was manufactured 
into hair. Do you believe that? " 

"Yes, I believe it," said one. 

"Well, passing along tiie road a little farther, I 
saw a flock of geese feeding on grass, and a part 
of the grasB which they were eating was converted 
into feathers. Do you believe it? " 

" Yee, I believe that," said the other. 

"But do you understand it?" 

7. The latest and most iusidious attack upon 
the Bible is to the effect that "a witness (or sa- 
cred writer) is to be judged by the preconceptions 
of Mb age. There was a preconception that Mes- 
siah would come, therefore he came. There was 
a preconception that he would work miracles,, 
therefore miracles were wrought." 

Considered.— The preconceptions that Messiah 
would come, were the outgrowth of prophecy, and 
the fact that he did come, was the fulfillment of 
prophecy. The God that sent hiB Son into the 
world was the God that inspired the prophet cen- 
turies before. Sentiments conceptions, or expec- 
tations so universal as was the expectation that 
Christ should be born at the time he was, did not 
arise spontaneously, but, when traced back to the 
source, we find their origin in the writings of 
Moses and the prophets. Is truth less real be- 
cause it was looked for, hoped for? Is Jesus lees 
divine because he came according to promise? 
And is his Word less authoritative because Moses 
said, " Him shell ye hear in all things whatsoever 
he Bhall say unto you"? 

"A SHORT SERHOff." 

BY J. S. FLORV. 

In that remarkable epic poem of the Finlanders, 
called the Kalevala we find the following simple, 
short sermon. By the way, there i3 a peculiar 
interest attached to the history of this great epic 
poem. It is Baid to have had its origin in heath- 
enism and is some centuries older than Christian- 
ity. Only recently has it been translated into the 
English and brought to the notice of the reading 
public. But to the extract: 

" Wuinamoluen dills his people, 

On the plains of Kalevala, 

Speaks these words of ancient wisdom, 

To the young men, to Hie maidens, 

To the rising generation: 
' Every child of Northland, listen : 

If thou wishest joy eternal, 

Never disobey thy parents, 

Never evil treat the guiltless, 

Never wrong the feeble minded, 

Never harm thy weakest fellow, 

Never -tain lliv lips with falsehood, 

Never cheat thy trusting neighbor. 

Never injure thy companion, 

Lest thou curtly payest penance 

In the kingdom of Tuoni, 

In the prison of Mannla; 

There, the home of all the wicked, 

There the couch of the unworthy, 

There the chambers of the guilty." 

It is a noteworthy fact that in all kindreds and 
nations of the world, heathen or Christian, the 
idea is prevelent that the evil-doers— the wicked- 
shall be punished here and hereafter. A glimpse 
of Divine Reason seems to manifest itseil t\en to 
the most abject heathen and if to them it is a law, 
how shall we who live under the blaze of Divine 
evelation escape the penalty of wrongdoing. Tru- 
ly, there is no excuse for the wicked, for both rea- 
son and revelation warn them to turn from the 
error of their ways and walk in the upright 
selsof God, 






THE GOSPRL MESSENGER. 



Jan. 29, 1889. 



GO AND TELL JESUS. 



I.V MAl'.V M. 'ON. 



How often we fintl comfort and relief by telling 
Jesus of our troubles, and asking for help! We 
are told to cast our caves upon him, for he careth 
for us. There are times in life when all looks 
dark, when we can see no ray of light in the 
gloom that surrounds us, but we should uot be dis- 
couraged. Only go aud tall Jesus. All power has 
been given to aim, aud he has promised to be with 
us in every time of need. 

Ob, what a comfort, lhat theie is some one who 
is ever willing to alleviate our trials, aud who has 
power ever to help us! How dear, how precious 
such a friend would be, and how careful we 
should be to do nothing contrary to hie will! 

In our journey through life we have many dark 
days, and if we had no one in whom we could 
trust, we might indeed despair. But if we only 
tell Jesus, aud trust in him, the sunshine of hope 
will shine through the clouds of despondency and 
gloom. Even when death comes to our homes aud 
bears a loved one away, we can find comfort by 
trusting in Jesus. By faith in him we can look 
forward to the time when we may again meet our 
loved ones in a far brighter world than this, where 
there is no death, no sickness, no sorrow, and no 
pain, Oh how glorious the thought that we may 
meet in that blest land, with oar loved ones who 
have crossed the dark river of death, and are for- 
ever free from earthly pain and sorrow. 

But if we had no hope of again meeting,— no 
•Sivior in whom we could trust,— what would, 
what could we do, when our loved ones are taken 
from us, and troubles encompass us on every side! 

Tuank Gol there is One to whom we can go for 
comEort, and who wilt help us in every time of 
need, if we only trust him. 

Let ns trust in Jesus! Let us ask him to aid 
us in the small as well as the great events of 
life. Let us not be discouraged in well-doing, 
but press onward in the straight and narrow road 
that leadeth to eternal life. We will, ere long, 
reach the end of our journey. Then, if we have 
traveled the right road, we will have no more sor- 
rows and cares to tell Jesus, but, with our loved 
ones, who have gone before, we will sing his 
praises through the countless ages of eternity. 

HOW SHALL THE WORK BE DONE? 

BY A. HUTCHISON. 

What shall be done to bring all our forces into 
requisition, so as to make the best use of all the 
men, women and means which may be vised in the 
Lord's field ? You know the " field " is the world, 
and while Jesus was here he was the Light there- 
of, but since he left the world, the great work of 
lighting up the world is left to his church; and 
since we set up the claims we do, as to being that 
body, it seems to me that it is high time we were 
looking around us and trying to ascertain how we 
are going to use the men and means to the best 



A good deal has been said about means,— how 
to secure and how to use, etc. I am under the 
impression that we have a question of equal, if not 
greater, moment than that, — that is, to put our 
brethren and sisters to work in a way that each 
one can have something to do. We certainly all 
know that we can not make a success of raising a 
family of children, unless we have something for 
each one to do. This needs no comment. But 
where is the difference between raising children 
in tht; physical world and the spiritual? We all 
seem to have a pretty correct idea of the natural. 
We all know that it requires exercise to properly 



develop the physical organism, and we also look 
upon this as being equally true of the mental fac- 
ulties, and what is true of them, is equally true of 
the spiritual. Therefore we want something for 
eaoh member in the body of Christ to do. We 
have many members to-day who are ready, and I 
think I am safe in saying they are willing, too, 
whenever an avenue is opened through which 
they can work. This necessity has been felt very 
keenly by some of ua for some time, because some 
of our brethren are overworked, and yet much is 
left undone, — not because we have not the men, 
but because they are not put in such relation to 
the work and church as to give a part of this 
great work into their hands by the proper author- 
ity of the church. This being done, it would 
greatly relieve our over-worked ministry, and de- 
velop other talents and bring them into requisi- 
tion, and in this way meet more successfully the 
constantly growing demand for laborers in the 
Lord's vineyard. 

I know it is sometimes said we must not put too 
much power in the hands of our young brethren, 
but I inquire, Where is the power? Is it not in 
the church? If a brother proves himself to be 
unworthy, the church has absolute control of the 
case, and should not carry such very long. See 
Titus 3: 10: "A man that is a heretic, after the 
first and second admonition, reject." This gives 
the church a positive rule by which to work. But 
why distrust our brethren before they give evi- 
dence of their infidelity? And, again, how are 
they to prove to the church that they are true, if 
the church does not give them something to do? 
We have already one avenue opened up through 
which many of our brethren and sisters might 
work and be made useful to the Lord's cause, and 
that is the Sunday-school. But it, too, is largely 
saddled upon the ministry. This is decidedly an 
error. This work ought to be taken from" the 
ministry and given to the laity, and thus we give 
our young brethren a medium through which 
they can be made of great use to the Master's 
cause, and thereby lift a heavy weight from the 
shoulders of the ministry. At the same time they 
c(fn develop their own latent forces, and also 
equalize the burdens, and, still further, equally 
distribute the blessings. Where is the brother 
to-day who has made any proficiency in the work 
who was not first put in trust with the sacred in- 
terests of the church? 

Again, Paul says, "And let these also first be 
proved; then let them use the oflice of a deacon, 
being found blameless." 1 Tim. 3: 10. Now we 
notice that these are first to be proved before they 
are to use the office of a deacon. Then I again 
inquire, How are they to prove their loyalty aud 
skill in the work before they are called to an of- 
ficial position, if they are not allowed to work? 
We talk about the field being large and white to 
haivest, end the laborers few, — all of which is 
true. Why not cast lots, and let the Lord call his 
men to their place, through the medium of the 
church? We have now, at the disposal of the 
church,- quite a number of young brethren who 
might be used to great advantage in the advance- 
ment of the work of the church. While they 
might feel that they were not sufficiently skilled 
in the use of the Sword of the Spirit to go out 
and take charge of a mission post alone, yet they 
could take charge of the home work, and leave 
some one else go. Or, if there is not a necessity 
for them at home, let them go with some one of 
more experience, and then those who have been 
longer in the work should give encouragement to 
such beginners. In this way they will soon be- 
come skilled in the work. We all know that 
brethren who are not true to the principles of the 
Gospel and the church, have gone out in the name 
of the church, and have done some bad work. 



But that does not constitute a reason why we 
should suspicion and hold in check such as have 
never given any evidence of disloyalty to the pe- 
culiar principles of the church. We want our 
young brethren to be put to work for the Lord. 
(To be Continued.) 

OUR DIALOGUE. 



Number Five. 

B. — " Come now, and let us reasou togother." 
Isa. 1: 18. "If ye be willing and obedient, ye 
shall eat the good of the land: but if ye refuse 
and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword: 
for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it," Isa. 
1: 19, 20. 

F. — In vain have I searched to find some Script- 
ure to point out to me which of the commands we 
are to observe, and which we may leave undone. 
I have tried to find the "dissecting knife," but, 
so far, I have not found any, save one that was 
manufactured by "presumption," at the forge of 
false philosophy. 

B. — 1 am glad, indeed, that you are honest; 
that you are possessed with that noble spirit that 
will not allow you to trifle with God's Word; that 
you will not attempt to separate what God hath 
joined together; that you will not twist and bend 
the truth as "it is in Jesas," in order to justify 
your own inclinations; that you are above using 
this "dissecting knife" that you so recently dis- 
covered among the many inventions of man. 

F. — Whenever Gcd speaks, man should keep 
silent. But I wish you to tell me how this " dis- 
secting knife" is generally used. 

B. — Let ub try it on the fifth chapter of fii'6t 
ThessaloniaDS. The knife slips right along the 
entire chapter without one single obstruction un- 
til it strikes the twenty-sixth verse. Oh, how 
hard it strikes against this " bone of contention! " 
I could easily take in and digest this whole chap- 
ter, were it not for that huge bone in it; hence, 
bring me the "dissecting knife;" I must cut this 
out; so away it goes, marrow and all. Strange, 
indeed, thftt in so huge a body (chapter) as 1 
Thessalonians 5, it would be void of bones, save 
one! What is a body without bones? 

F. — I see something that I had never seen lie- 
fore. 

B.— What is that? 

F. — If you have a right to use that knife, and 
dissect the Bible, I have the same right. If you 
have the right to cut out a piece of the Gospel and 
cast it away, because it does not suit your natural 
taste, I have just as much reason for cutting out 
the part that is not wholesome to me. Now pass 
the Bible around: take it in one hand and the 
"dissecting knife " in the other. Just look! 
Slice after slice is carved from the pages of Truth. 
At last it has passed through the hundreds of 
hands that profess to be engaged in doing God's 
service, aud it falls into the bauds of the avowed 
infidel. Hear what he says: "If you, who call 
yourselves Christians, have sliced away the pro- 
duction of God's mouth; if you have whittled 
away at that volume which you claim is from 
God, till you have nothing left but the lids, you 
need not present them to me. I will not accept 
it." "If I die from the bite of a spider, I am just 
as dead as if slain by a lion." " I may as well be 
lost for rejecting all, as part." 

B. — Would to God that all men were as honest 
in this matter as you are. Do you still wonder 
why we are so peculiar? 

F. — No; it is no wonder to me now, since I have 
done away with my carnal upectacles; but I must 
still interrogate you further, relative to your pe- 
culiarities. 



B.— That is what I like. Ask what you may 
I will try to satisfy you, not by my own, human 
reasoning, but by testimony from God's eternal 
Word. 

F.—l would like to know your reusons for ob- 
jecting to open communion. Why will you re- 
fuse to commune with those of other persuasions 
who may be .just as sincere and devout, according 
to their belief, as you are, according to your faith? 
B.—I am glad you have asked that question 
Let us look at it. I want you, first of all, to turn 
to 2 Cor. 6: WW. 

F.—I have clone so. What can yon prove by 
that? 

B — Just keep that Scripture in view. Next 
turn to 1 Cor. 1: 10. Read it. 

F—« Now I beseech you, brethren, bv the name 
of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the 
same thing, and that there be no divisions among 
you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in 
the same mind and in the same judgment." 

A-Don't you now see why it is that we refuse 
to hold open communion? Just open the door- 
here is one who differs with us on feet-washing 
and another won't agree with us about this, that' 
and the other command. Where now is the agree- 
ment? Where is the union? And where is" the 
communion without the union? 

F.— Well, sometimes I find people that say 
they will observe all the ordinance as you do, 
if you will only allow them to commune with you. 
Could you not receive such? 

B.— Let us see. Open the door of communion. 
Let them eat the Lord's Supper, wash the saint's 
feet, salute each other with the holy kiss; in 
short observe all the ordinances of God's house. 
After services we ask the following questions: 
Did you have any faith in the work you just en- 
gaged in with us? Do you bslieve it essential to 
your salvation? O, what questions! What a 
dilemma we have gotten into! If we answer, 
"Yes," they will say, Why not obssrve it in your 
church? If we say we have no faith in these 
things, that will not do, for " 'Whatever is not of 
faith, is sin." Where, O where is the remedy! 

F.—l had never seen this matter in that light 
before. Besides, I see, too, that the "dissecting 
knife " would have to be used again, for there 
could be no agreement while these bones of con- 
tention could be found in the order of God's 
house; hence there could be no communion. 

B.—It you can manage some way to get light 
and darkness to dwell together, then perhaps we 
can see the way clear for free communion. "0 
consistency, thou art a jewel! " 

( To be Continued. ) 



result in the advancement of the cause hat*. 
the Father of spirits ever keep us faithful I Two 
of our brethren here are at this time much afflict 
ed. Pray for them and ns, that we may have 
grace sufficient to our day aud trial! 

n .. i r , T Lewis M. K03. 

harden Grow, Iowa. 

From Dawson, Pa. 

I am now in the old 1'ayette County church 
Pleaching for the Brethren at the old stone meet- 
ing-house. Owing to the extremely muddy roads 
the congregations are small, but the interest is 
good, with the best of order. 

The brethren and sisters are being much re- 
vived. They need the encouragement of the 
Brethren. Since the upper house was built in 
this church, the Brethren here have been much 
neglected for want of a preacher. 

The wind-storm, Jan. 9, caused some damage. 
The brick school-house was blown down just at 
noon, when most of the scholars were out at play. 
A few, who were in the house, were slightly in- 
jured, but none fatally, though one or two were 
covered by rubbish. The children of the family 
where I am staying,— at my brother's, D. S. 
Stickler's— came home, much terrified. One 
was slightly wounded in the head. The oldest 
one-May— after having helped all out through 
the open window, coolly but hastily made her es- 
cape from the scene of destruction. 

H. W. Sthicklee. 



Items from Tennessee. 



CORRESPONDENCE. 



From Decatur County Church, Iowa. 

Jau. 5 Bio. S. M. Goughnour commenced meet- 
ings at the Franklin church, and continued until 
the evening of the 13th, preaching in all eleven 
sermons. Judging from the marked attention 
given, they were well received, and, although we 
can report no additions, yet we feel that his la- 
bors did us much good, and we thank God and 
take courage to labor on, as he so strongly urged 
us, for a higher and holier life. Surely God will 
take care of all this gospel seed, and not surfer it 
to return void. Bro. Goughnour also was with us 
at our quarterly council, ou the 12th. The delib- 
erations of that meeting, we hope and pray, will 



It has long been the custom with us to hold a 
series of meetings, more or less extended, in our 
respective churches each year. A number of such 
meetings have recently been held, and others are 
proposed to be held in the near future. 

Eld. Jno. Brubaker, of Greene county, labored 
for us at Limestone from Dee. 23 to 25, and his 
labors were highly appreciated by the Brethren. 

The results of a meeting can not always be es- 
timated by visible tokens, but we may always re. 
ly upon the accomplishment of ultimata" good 
when the Truth is presented from a heart which 
itself feels the importance and the neces;ity of 
the message it brings. 

About the same time Eld. G. C. Bowman visited 
the Brethren in Blount county, where he labored 
several days. He was assisted by the ministerial 
labors of D. B. Klepper and his son, J. E. Klep- 
per, of Blount county. 

On his return home, Bro. Bowman stopped a 
few days with the Brethren in Jefferson county. 
During these meetings five souls were added to 
the church. 

The Brethren of Cedar Grove, Hawkins county, 
held a seiies of meetings of nearly two weeks' du- 
ration, opening at a neighboring school-house, 
and closing at the home church on New Year's 
Day. During these meetings there were three ac- 
cessions to the church. 

It was our privilege, in company with Bro. 
Frank Berry, of Whitehotn, to be with the Breth- 
ren during the latter portion of their meetings 
We were much pleased with the devotional ohar 
acter of their exercises. They seem to have prof 
ited by the apostle's exhortation,— "not slothful 
in business, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord." 

This congregation has recently suffered great 
loss in ministerial fares Ell David Derrnk. a 
faithful disciple and an able advocate of the Gos- 
pel of Christ, has gone to his reward above. No 
more shall we hear his sweet con usels and share 
his loving associations. Elders Isouber aud 
Simmons, on account of old age aud infirmiii. is, 
are unable to engage in aotive service. We en- 



joyed the hospitality of Bro. I 

there, and were made to feel that the loss of health 

had not diminished spirited zeal, or dampened 

that fervent charity which dispenses blessings to 

all mankind, aud especially to the household of 

faith. 

What a power is a godly life! It j„ the 
salt of the earth, the light of the world- and if ev 
er the world is enlightened and saved, it will be 
more by the upright walk and chaste conversa- 
tion of the disciples than by the most diligent and 
laborious teaching of the ministry. 

Bro. Abraham Molsbee is greatly missed in this 
congregation, both in his Christian fellowship 
and ministerial labors. But as he has only re 
moved to other fields of labor, the lose which is 
so widely felt here, may prove a corresponding 
gain to the Brethren among whom his lot is cast 
and, ultimately, to the great Cause which we all 
love so well. 

Both he and his companion aud children have 
he best wishes and earnest prayers of many 
friends and all the Brethren. Peace be with him 
and his, and to the loved ones left at the old home 
and peace be with all the household of faith! 

t; i „, J. B. Pence. 

L,nneslone, Term. 

From the Tuscarawas Church, Stark Co,, 0. 



We, as a church, are moving along pleasantly, 
doing all we can for the good cause, and, as a re- 
sult, we feci hopeful, believing all things will 
work together for good to them that love the 
Lord. 

We commenced a series of meetings in the Zion 
house on Saturday evening, Dec. 22. At the time 
mentioned we expected Bro. I. 1). Parker, of Ash- 
land, Ohio, to be with ns, but, on eccount of home 
duties, he could not come. The meetings haviug 
been announced for some time, we thought it not 
advisable to defer any longer. Our esteemed eld- 
er, N. Longanecker, and the writer then went to 
work. Our meetiegs were well attended, aud we 
felt encouraged. After one week's labor, Bro. 
Parker made his appearance. He then continued 
one. week longer. Bro. Parker labored manfully, 
giving both saint and sinner their portion in due 
season. During these meetings one precious soul 
made the good confession and was added to the 
church by baptism. The church was built up 
and, we think, much good was done. May the im- 
pressions which were made be nourished and yet 
produee much good among us! Truly we had a 
feast of fat things. When we remember that 
God's Word will not laturn uuto him void, we 
fear the awful consequences which must follow 
those who refuse to hear. Becben Shkoyeii. 
Pierce, Ohio. 

From the North Star Church, Mich. 



Satuhday, Jan. 12, we held our quarterly coun- 
1. Eld. D. Chambers and Bro. G. E. Stone were 
present. The business before the meeting was 
-djusted to the satisfaction of all. 

Last mouth brethren S. and J. Smith, the for- 
mer from the Thornapple, aud the latter from the 
Woodland church, Mich., came to our part of the 
church and held a number of meetings for ns. 
The Lord reward them for their self-denial in our 
behalf! 

During Bro. I. J. Boseuberger's stay in this 
port of Michigan, we enjoyed the opportunity of 
hearing him preach several sermons. The Lord 
blessed his labors in the churches, for nine souls 
confessed Christ and united with God's people 
through the holy ordinance of baptism, while 
three wanderers were again rest..: 
keep us si! blameless unto his coming! 

Mahvin M. Shebbick. 



I 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER. 



Jan. 29, 1889. 



The Gospel Messenger, 

A Weekly at $1.50 per Annum, 
The Brethren's Publishing Co. 



D. L. MILLER, 



Office Editor, 
Associate Editors. 
Business Manager. 



j tor publication should be legibly writ- 
0X8 side of the paper only. Do not 



Mount Mo 



III. 



Jan. 



Sfc^aS^"* All articles and correspondence for 
IJB^^ publication in the Messenger should 
be addressed to the Office Editor, Messenger, Mt. 
Morris, 111. This will prevent delay. Our cor- 
respondents will please make a note of this. 



Bro. Daniel Snell, of Sidney, Ind., is to begin 
a meeting in the Mexico church, Miami Co , Ind., 
Feb. 1. 

S. A. Barb, of Collett, Ind., is informed that 
the word girPoccurs twice in the Bible. See Joel 
3: 3, andZech. 8: 5. 



Beo. Alfred Engler, of New "Windsor, Md., 
says that fourteen were added to their church, 
during the last year, by baptism. 

Beo. Enoch Eby writes that his illness was only 
temporary, and that he is fully restored tu health 
again. "We are glad to note this. 



Samuel Zdmbbuit, of Tanker, Ind., wants the 
address of Bro. Louis Huber, formerly of Berne, 
Adams Co., Ind. Who will favor him? 



Bro. N. D. Halsell, of Timbemlle, Ye a tar 
Cj,, Cal., reports a good Sunday-school at that 
place. There are at present twenty-one members 
living in the Connego Y alley. 



Bno. John P. Gish's addr 
Webster Co., Kentucky. 



is Sebree City, 



Bro. D. E. Price has been holding meeting* for 
the Brethren in the Arnold's Grove church, near 
Mt. Carroll, 111. He started for Southern Illinois 
Inst week. „_„ 

In the niemoriain in No. 3, page 38, instead of 
David M. Miller, read David McMillen. AVe re- 
gret that the mistake occurred, and ask Bro. 
Neher's pardon. 

Bro. D. B. Gibson writes, under date of the 
20th inst, that he closed his meetings at Cerro 
Gordo, III, with seven additions by baptism and 
one reclaimed. 

Bro. Jesse Stutsman closed his meetings in 
the Price's Creek church, Ohio, on the 8th iust., 
with two accessions by baptism. So reports Bro. 
Joe. Longauecker. 



"We have a number of queries on hand. They 
will be answered as soon as we can find time to 
give them the attention that their importance de- 
mands. AYe ask the indulgence of those who have 
sent them in. 



Da 



family to 



"We learn that Bro. H. P. Shickler and his 
family have arrived at their new home in the 
Panhandle of Texas. Bro. S trickier goes there, 
prepared to begin farming in the spring, and will 
settle a' Coldwater. Brethren T. J. Nair, Larkins 
and Schaffer, with their families, are to locate at 
Hartley, Texas, in the near future. We are also 
informed that the towns of Coldwater and Hart- 
ley have raised, by subscription, about money 
enough to build meeting-houses at both places for 
the use of the Brethren, 



:l Yaniman will m 
McPherson, Kan?., about April 1, and will take 
charge of the business of the school at that place. 
Bro. Yaniman ia a man of excellent business qual- 
ifications, and will be a valuable helper in the 
work at McPherson. 

The Richland church, Richland Co., Ohio, re- 
cently had a season of rejoicing. Brethren E. 
"Winter and "Win. A. Murray were with them from 
the 5th to the 14th ins:. Four were baptized, one 
reclaimed, and others almost persuaded. So re- 
ports Bro. N. AY Heifer. 

Bro. J. E. Frederick writes that he was re- 
cently called by letter to baptize a sick man in 
the AYinnernac church, Ind. AYhile there he held 
several meetings, and three more came out on the 
Lord's side. Others, no doubt, would have come 
if the meetings could have been continued, but 
Bro, Frederick was called away to attend a funeral. 

The National Bureau of Statistics shows that, 
on the seven hundred million dollars which an- 
nually pass into the hands of the retail liquor 
dealers in this country, there is a profit of 133_{ 
percent. The dram drinker has a hard time of 
it. He always gets worsted by the stuff he drinks, 
and mast pay un exorbitant price for it. 



For some time past there has been a manifest 
desire to have a series of meetings at this place, 
and on Sunday evening, the 13th inst, Bro. AY. B. 
Deeter, of Milford, Ind., began preaching for us 
in the College Chapel. It was apparent at once 
that the spirit of the Lord was at work among the 
people, and especially among the students, and as 
Bro. Deeter held forth the words of eternal life 
evening after evening, during the week, directing 
sinners to the Lamb of God as the sinner's only 
Friend, one by one a number of young people 
gave up the fight against God's spirit, and accept- 
ed Christ. On Sunday, the 20th, we repaired to 
the water at Silver Creek, and ten were received 
into the church militant by Christian baptism. 
Bro. Amick administered the rite in the presence 
of a large concourse of people. It was a Bolemn 
And impress! <,e occasion, and will be long remem- 
bered by those who witnessed it. The meetings 
will continue at least another week, and it is 
hoped that others who are now striving against 
conviction will give up the contest and come to 
Christ. 



From Bro. L. E. Holsinger we learn that Bro. 
John Flory came to the Yellow Creek church, Pa., 
Dec. 19, and remained uutil Jan. G, preaching the 
Word of God. As a result, 6ix were added to the 
church by baptism and one was reclaimed. 

We spent a few days very pleasantly, Jan. 12 to 
15, with the members of the Coal Creek church, 
Fulton Co., III. The church here has a member- 
ship of about sixty, and they seem to be zealous 
for the cause of Christ. Many of them live a 
considerable distance from the meeting-house, and 
yet the congregations are large. Bro. I. M. Gib- 
son is the only minister among them at the pres- 
ent time. Bro. S. Bucklew is to move into the 
district in the spring. We are much indebted to 
the members generally for the kindness shown ub 
during our short stay with them, and especially to 
brother and sister Gibson, and brother and sister 
J. A. Negly, who did all in their power to make 
our visit with them a pleasant one. May God 
bless them all in every good work, is our prayer. 

"You use tobacco," said one man to another. 
"No," was the answer, " tobacco uses me." And a 
good many men might say, " Tobacco uses me and 
is fast using me up" How true it is that not on- 
ly tobacco, but many of the habits we fall into, fi- 
nally gain the mastery over us and use us instead 
of our using them. There are many persons who 
commenced the use of tobacco and have said, time 
eud again, " I can quit it if I want to," but they 
keep on until, when they try to quit, they find 
that the habit has grown eo strong that they can 
not quit so easily as they once believed they 
could, and they give up trying. The habit has 
gained the mastery over them and controls them 
instead of their controlling the habit. We are 
glad to know, from personal letters received at 
this office, that many of our brethren have been 
induced, by reading the Messenger, to give up 
tobacco. AYith some the straggle w r as a hard one, 
but when the victory was won, they thanked the 
Lord that they had entered into the fight. Oth- 
ers feel that they ought to give it up, but have 
not yet been able to summon the requisite amount 
of will power and courage to say, " I will not use 
tobacco any longer." Brethren, do you use tobac- 
co, or does tobacco use you? Ask yourselves the 
question. 

At last we have reliable news from Henry M. 
Stanley, the great African explorer, for whose 
safety great fears were entertained. A letter, dat- 
ed Aug. 17, 1SSS, and written from Boma on the 
Aruwhimi river to Tippo Tib, an Arab Chief, of 
whom Stanley made an ally on his way to Cen- 
tral Africa has been received by post at Brussels. 
It contains the news of Stanley's good health, of 
his meeting with Emin Pacha, the German whom 
he went to assist, and an appeal to the Arab for 
help in men to more fully carry out his plans for 
the relief of Emin. We give the following extract 
from the letter, although five months have elapsed 
since it was written. It contains the first words 
received from the explorer since he disappeared 
in the wilds of Africa, nearly two years ago: 

" I reached here this morning with 130 Wangwana, three 

soldiers, and sixty-six natives belonging to Emin Pacha. Itis 
now eighty-two days since I left Emin Pacha on the Nyanza. 
I only lost three men all the way. Two were drowned and 
the oilier decamped. I found the white men who were look- 
ing for Emin Pacha quite well. The other white man, 
Cassati, is also well. Emin Pacha has ivory in abundance, 
thousands of cattle and sheep, goats and fowls and foDd of all 
kinds. I found him a very good and kind man. He gave all our 
white and black men numbers of things. His liberality could 
not be excelled. His soldiers blessed our black men for their 
kindness in coming so far to tshow them the way. Many of 
them were ready to follow me out of the country, but I asked 
them to stay quite a few months that T might return and 
letch the other men and goods left at Yumbungn. They 
prayed to God that He would give me strength to finish my 
work. May their prayer be heart]." 



29, 1889. 



THE. GOSPEL ME88EBGER. 



73 



The Methodist Church owns and controls its 
publishing interests, with headquarters in the 
City of New York. The new building and grounds 
in that city, when completed, will cost about one 
million dollars, and will be one of the largest and 
finest publishing houses in this country. The 
United Brethren also control their publishing in- 
terests, and have built up a large and profitable 
business in the City of Dayton, Ohio. If our 
church will profit by what others have done in 
this direction, she, top, may reap the benefit from 
the publishing interests which she Bhould control. 



Cherish strongly your religious convictions, 
give thought, meditation, and study to them. 
Hold them sacred and never lightly or indiffer- 
ently. He that trifles with his convictions is on 
the way to unbelief. If you study God's Word, 
have an earnest purpose in view to get the Truth, 
and to practice it, and, having found the Truth, 
let it bear you forward in the service of God. It 
will, in the end, bring you life eternal, and this is 
worth more than all else besides. A hundred 
years hence it will matter but little what our lot 
in this life has been, but it will matter whether 
we have chosen that good part which shall never 
be taken from us. 



The Arab slave dealers are hostile to the mis- 
sionaries in Africa. This hostility arises from 
the' fact that the missionaries oppose slavery. 
Becently the mission station at Tulu, on the east 
coast of Africa, directly south of Zanzibar, was at- 
tacked by the Arabs and eight of the missionaries 
killed, and their bodies mutilated. A number of 
native converts were taken captive and sold into 
the interior as Blaves. One of the missionaries 
escaped and brought the news of the terrible mas- 
sacre to Dar-es-Salem. The missionaries who 
thus go out among the savage tribes, take their 
lives in their hands, and many of them lose their 
lives in their efforts to do good. 



COVETOUSNESS. 
Covetousness may be defined as an immoder- 
ate desire after things of this world, such as 
worldly enjoyment, and more particularly riches,— 
gold, silver and lands, for the gratification of av- 
arice and the sensual pleasures of this life; the 
desire to get money and property for the sake of 
getting and keeping it, hoarding it up, adding 
farm to farm, bond to bond, mortgage to mort- 
gage, and obtaining from the knowledge that 
possess wealth a keen sense of enjoyment. 

Dr. Thomas Dick, in his excellent essay on the 
sin of covetousness, a work that every Christian 
ought to read and study carefully, in defining the 
word, says: "Covetousness assumes a variety of 
forms, and manifests itself in many different 
modes. It appears in its most degrading form in 
hoarding money, and in acquiring houses and 
lands, for the mere purpose of accumulation, when 
there is no intention of enjoying such wealth or 
bringing it forth for the good of society. This is 
the characteristic of the man who is denominated 
a miser— & word which originally signifies wretch- 
ed or miserable, as all such persons necessarily 
are. It appears under the pretense of making 
provision for children— a pretense which is gen- 
erally nothing more than a cloak to cover the 
principle of avarice which is fixed in the mind. 
It operates most frequently for the purpose of 
gratifying sensual propensities — displaying ele- 
gance in dress and furniture, and giving scope to 
a spirit of pride and ambition." 

Tho inordinate desire for wealth has been pro- 
ductive of more evil in the world than perhaps 
any other one sinful propensity that lurks in the 



human heart, and there are but few sins so strong- 
ly condemned in the Old Testament, as well as in 
the New, as is that of covetousness. God, from 
the summit of Sinai, said, " Thou shalt not covet," 
and the violation of this commandment has al- 
ways resulted in evil and nothing but evil. Achan 
covetod the Babylonish garment, the silver and 
the wedge of gold, and Israel was defeated before 
Ai. Ahab coveted Naboth's vineyard and brought 
upon himself and wife Jezebel a horrible death. 
David^ covetous spirit led him to violate the 
sanctity of the home and to sin most gri 
thus bringing upon himself and his family great 
sorrow and much misery. Israel, through covet- 
ousness, forgot God and fell into idolatry and 
were scattered among the nations of the earth. 
Examples of this kind might be multiplied, but 
these are sufficient to show at least some of th 
evils arising from the sin of covetousness amon 
God's chosen people. 

Under the Gospel the evil is most unsparingly 
condemned. Christ himself uses no uncertain 
language in warning his followers in regard to 
this particular sin. " Take heed, and be 
covetousness: for a man's life consisteth not in the 
abundance of the things which he possessetb." 
Luke 12: 15. Paul's estimate of the sin of covet- 
ousness was of such a character as to induce him 
to place it among the lowest and most debasing 
sins, such as sensualism and idolatry. " But for- 
nication, and all uncleannees, or covetousness, let 
it not be once named among you, as beeometh 
saints. For this ye know, that no whoremonger, 
nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an 
idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of 
Christ and of God." Eph. 5: 3, 5. "Mortify 
therefore your members which are upon the earth; 
fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil 
concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idola- 
try." Col. 3: 5. 

Here we have the catalogue of sins in which 
covetousness is placed by the Holy Ghost, speak- 
ing through Paul. Here we have God's estimate 
placed upon this terrible sin, and what a dark cat- 
alogue, and what a scathing denunciation it is of 
the evil and sin of covetousness. Some one may 
be ready to say that this is tco severe, but remem- 
ber, it is God's estimate of the sin, and being his 
estimate there can be no mistake about it, and 
this being true, it is our business to accept it and 
act in accordance with it. 

Coming down to our own time we ask these 
questions, Is there any covetousness in the 
to-day, and if bo, do we place the same estimate 
upon this sin that the Bible places upon it? Do 
we class the close-fisted, stingy man or woman with 
sensualists, libertines and idolaters, with all the 
lowest and most debased characters who are entire- 
ly excluded from the kingdom of Christ? "Why 
is it that we do not thus look upon this sin? Is 
it because it has become so common in the world, 
and even in the church, that we have come to 
look on it with a pitying eye and condoning sym- 
pathy? Perhaps this may have something to do 
with it. Whoever heard of a man being tried in 
y of the churches for this sin ? May it not be 
that, owing to its being so common, we measura- 
bly overlook it, for even men and women of pre- 
tended refinement and culture are guilty of this 
i, and it is to be feared that it may even be 
found among church members. Another reason 
why it is not oftener dealt with is, that it is not 60 
easy to discover as are the other sins with which 



Covetousness is insidious in its nature, and the 
fact that it is not so apparent as are the other 
sins with which it is classed, makes it all the 
more dangerous. The man who gives way to this 
sin may be in the church, and those with whom 
he associates hardly snspect that the sin lurks in 
his heart, but it grows and becomes more and 
more apparent until even those with whom the 
covetous man comes in contact may know his true 
character. The sin shows itself in various ways, 
some of which we name below. 

It is apparent in an inordinate desire to get 
rich and to accumulate this world's goods. 

It manifests itself in driving sharp bargains, in 
buying at the lowest possible price and selling at 
the top of the market. 

It is seen in the purchaser who goes from store 
to store trying to get merchants to sell their goods 
a little cheaper than they can really afford to, and 
in quoting the lowest price, given by one merchant, 
to another in order to get low prices. 

It comes to the surface in dealing with the la, 
borer, and its constant aim is to get work done at 
the very lowest possible price. 

If asked to give to the poor, it says, Let those 
people work as I do. They are lazy, and I never 
give to lazy people. 

It refuses to give its share to the work of the 
church and the spread of the Gospel, and is con- 
stantly complaining about the expenses of the 
church, and wonders where the money goes and 
why it takes so much. 

It is sometimes so Btrong, even in church mem- 
bers, that it will refuse to help a poor minister to 
save his little home, although thoBe who are asked 
to assist have their thousands in farms and lands. 
These are some of the outward manifestations 
of the sin of covetousness, and we will all do well 
to examine ourselves carefully in regard to this 
matter, remembering what God says about the 
a. 

But is there a remedy for it? Tes; but it is a 
difficult one for those who have the disease, and it 
is not often taken, especially when one has grown 
old in this kind of sin. The only remedy is to 
give liberally to the Lord and to the poor. This 
is the only antidote. Giving begets giving. It 
will be hard to begin giving, but it must be done 
if the disease is to be cured. The more we give, 
the more will we feel like giving. Benevolence 
will grow upon ub as we exercise in benevolence, 
and this will, in the end, if persisted in, root out 
covetousness, and then we may come to know ful- 
ly the great blessing that comes from giving to 
help others without the hope of earthly reward. 

My brother, if you are making money and grow- 
ing richer year by year, you are in danger, for, 
look at it as we will, rich men stand on danger- 
ous ground. Christ says bo himself, and there 
can be no mistake about it; and the reason is ap- 
parent. The sin of covetousness comes in, and 
the spirit of Christ and this evil spirit dwell not 
in the same heart. Eiches bring the ability to 
gratify the desires, and one desire gratified be- 
gets others, until the Lord's money is spent ex- 
travagantly for that which is not bread and which 
satisfies not. These things being true, the only 
safe way to proteot yourself is by giving gener- 
ously of your income. To hoard it up is to lay 
snare for your own soul. Use it for the 
Lord and you will lay up treasures where moth 
and rust will not corrupt and where thieves do 



it is classed. 



I not break through and stea]. 



THE. GOSPEL MBSSENGBR. 



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20, 1889. 



THE PARABLE OF THE SOWEB.* 

Jesus manifested bis ability as a teacher not 
only in the things he taught, but also iu his meth- 
ods. A good teacher can not be indifferent to the 
class of persons to ba taught sud the methods he 
usee. In this, Jesus furnishes a etrikipg illustra- 
tion. A great multitude had gathered at the Sea 
of Galilee, but the motives that prompted them 
thus to assemble were varied. Some came through 
curiosity, some to find fault, and some with an 
earnest desire to know the truth. It was on this 
occasion that Jesus employed a new method, not 
new to the people, but he had not as yet made 
use of it. The parabolic manner of conveying 
thought was much used in early ages. Heathen 
writers frequently employed it, aud in the time of 
Christ it was iu common use. The design of it 
was varied, but Jesus used it on this occasion to 
conceal from one part of his audience truths 
which he wanted another part tti understand. His 
disciples were present, and as the people thronged 
about him, and as his omuiecient eye beheld their 
hearts, he was reminded of some truths that they 
should know. Hence he uses the parable, and in 
it conveys to them truths especially adapted to 
them, in view of the great mission yet before 
them. Je6us gave a parable to the multitude, and 
afterward, when he was alone, the twelve aud a 
few others gathered about him and asked for an 
explanation ; for even the disciples, and others 
who believed in him, did not comprehend it. " Un- 
to you," he said, " it is given to know the myster- 
ies of the kingdom of God;'' that is, concerning 
the preaching of the Gospel, and the establish- 
ment of the new kingdom of the MesBiah. 

As they were now being prepared to go out on 
thi^ great and important work, it was necessary 
that they be taught in reference to the hinder- 
ances the Gospel would meet, and the nature of 
the new kingdom. Before giving an explanation 
of the parable, he quotes from Is. 6: 9, 10, which 
gives a description of a cIbbs of people who had 
become very depraved in thought and feeling. 
The design of this was to give an illustration of 
the condition of the multitude that had just dis- 
persed, and of those whom they would in future 
times meet, in their efforts to preach the Gospel 
and to build up his kingdom. This formed a kind 
of preface to his explanation of the parable. In 
it are valuable lessons, and we learn: 

I. THAT OUR CHIEF WORK IS TO SOU" THE W011D. 

Jesus had been teaching and illustrating his 
power to large audiences, but all were not con- 
vinced of his divinity. The truth bad not fctfect- 
ed the hearts of all. So he kiew it would be 
during bis ministry and the ministry of his disci- 
ples aud his people in future ages. But, notwith- 
standing this, his chief work was to sosv, — to 
teach the people, independent of the results. And 
so should all God's people do. It should be "our 
chief work. How few realize fully this great and 
important truth! So many assume the position 
of sowers, but scatter so few seeds— their chief 
aim being worldly honor, applause, money-mak- 
iDg, or fashion-worship. For -illustrations of 
those who gave themselves fully to the work, 
study the lives of the disciples when they went 
forth as sowers of the Word. They multiplied 
that which God had revealed to them. Tbeu, too, 
that earnest, zealous apostle, Paul, shunned not, 
night and day, to declare the truth, and in his 
letter to his sou Timothy, he exhorts to peree- 

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verauco and earnestness iu sowing the gospel 
seed. 

H. HE WHO HOWS MAY EXPECT A IIAUYEST. 

The Word haB a vitality, a self-propagating 
force, that makes itself seen and felt, A single 
passage has transformed a life. It is said that a 
very profane and ungodly man, as he was paBsing 
along the highway, picked up a leaf from trie 
Testament. From it he read that passage, "God 
so loved the world that he gave' his only begotten 
Son," etc. It was unto him the "power #f God 
Unto salvation," as he changed his manner of life, 
and became an earnest and devoted Christian: 

Christians are God's chosen mediums to com- 
municate his Word to the world, and there are 
various ways in which we may perform our mis- 
sion. We may do it by distributing the Bible it- 
self, by preaching, by teaching, oral or written, by 
works or actions. When we faithfully bow in 
these ways, we may expect a harvest at some time. 
It may not be in the way and at the time we look 
for it, but it will come, if we faint not. It is the 
law of God that we shall reap. If we sow the 
seeds of vice, we shall reap; if we bow the seeds 
of gospel truth, the harvest will come. Hence 
the apostle says: "He that soweth to the flesh, 
shall of the Mesh reap corruption; but he that 
Eoweth to the Spirit, shall of the Spirit reap life 
everlasting." Our harvest may come in a way we 
know not how. 

" It may not be our lot to wield 
The sickie in the ripened field; 

The reaper's song among the sheaves; 
" Yet, when our duty's task is wrought 
In unison with God's great thought, 
The near and future blend in one, 
And whatsoe'er is willed, is done! " 

III. WE AHE ALL SOWEKS. 

This is a truth we want especially emphasized. 
We are either sowing the gospel seed in the ways 
already designated, or we are Bowing to the flesh. 
The gospel sowing is not confined to the minister 
or the Sabbath-school teacher. The life of every 
intelligent man or woman, no matter how obscure 
that life may be, in some way repeats itself, and 
enters into the life of others, with a multiplying 
power for good or evil. Let no one think that, be- 
cause he is illiterate and does not have much 
mental power, he is not therefore a sower of the 
Word. If he is a Christian, he is, in some way, 
Bowing. He may not be able to sow so extensive- 
ly and bountifully, but if he does what he can, 
his harvest will ba abundant, that is, it will be 
adapted t:> his capacities to receive. Then, too, 
this bouiog will be constant. There is no such a 
thing as a passive state. We must be Bowing. 
Our influence is either for or against the cause of 
jight, every moment of our lives. We are 

" Sowing the seed by the daylight fair; 
Sowing the seed by the noonday glare; 
Sowing the seed by the fading light; 
Sowing the seed by the bolemn night." 



In the parable, men's hearts are compared to 
the wayside, to stony ground, to ground infested 
with thorns, and to good ground. All these con- 
ditions of heart the omniscient Jesus saw in the 
hearts of the multitude that waited on his minis, 
try. 

It should be remembered that these different 
conditions of heart are under Belf-coutrol. In 
this respect ovtr heurtsu&re not like the ground, 
We can, by our will, make them in a condition to 



receive the Word, and become fruitful. We make 
our hearts hard by giving way to the adversary, 
and carrying out his dictations. When we are 
first awakened t6 a sense of duty, our hearts are 
tender, but if the power of the truth is resisted, 

d the dictates of the enemy followed, they be- 
come harder and harder, until the truth produces 
ffec't. Jesus describes such as ' hearing the 
:d, but -understanding it not, This class rep- 
nts all whose hearts are barred against the 
truth. Worldliness, devotion to Mammon, bitter- 
ness of controversy, pride, self -cone sit, unholy pur- 
suits,— all harden the heart and make it impervi- 
ous to the truth. 

Of this we have many striking illustrations. 
Dr. Guthrie, in commenting on this parable, tells 
1 dying man Alio told his pastor that he never 
:d one of his sermon?. When the text was 
announced, his habit was at once to commence a 
mental review of the market tho past week, and 
prepare a campaign for the, next week. "Thus 
Satan destroys souls, not in his own devilish 
haunts, but in the very house of God, . . slay- 
ing them on the very steps of the altar." 

We can not follow out our meditations on this 
and the three other conditions of heart, as set 
forth in the parable. If we have started a train 
of thought in the minds of our Sunday-school 
teachers, our aim is accomplished. .1. B. is. 



Notes from our Correspondents. 



— In Messexgei: No. 2, page 22, read "Pine 
Greek church, Ind.," instead of "Pine Creek 
church, Neb/r." 

—Brethren J. D. Trostle, C. Hope and John 
Humbarger expect to commence a series of meet- 
ings Jau. 19 at Gypsum Oily, Saline Co,, Kans. 

— " The Bremen church, Ind.," writes Bro. Le- 
vi E. Miller, "is now in the midst of a meeting, 
with refreshing showers of grace, Bro. J. ff. 
Miller, of Milford, Ind., is doing tho preaching." 

— Bro. M. E. Ecker writes: "Two were received 
by baptism in the Locust Grove church, Md., 
Dec. 1G, 1SS8. The Lord willing, we expect to 
hold a series pf meetings, commencing Fob. 1, 
1889/' . . 

— Meetings are now iu progress in the Borne 
congregation, Ohio. Bro. L. H. Dickey writes: 
"Bro. I, J. Eosenberger is with us, and is hand- 
ling the Sword as one who is not unfamiliar with 
its use. May God crown his efforts!" 

— GloriouB news i caches us from Lexington, 
Pa. Bro. J, R. Koyer writes: lC A scries of meet- 
ings was held in the Nensville meeting-house, 
Lancaster Co., Pa., by brethren Hiram Gibble 
and Amos Hoi ten stein. As an immediate result 
fourteen decided to follow Jesus." 

—Under date of Jan. M, Bro. Silas Hoover, of 
Boynton, Pa, writes: "Jan. I I commenced a se- 
ries of meetings in the Woodbury congregation, 
at the Holsinger meeting house, and continued 
until Jan. 10. During that time ten were added 
to the church by baptism. May the Lord bless 
us in our labors! " 

— Bro. J. E. Young, of Beatrice, Nebr., writes: 
"Last evening we held our first service in our new 
house of worship. The attendance was fair, con- 
sidering gatherings at other places. Bro. J. S. 
Mohler will not be with us until Saturday. We 
expect to dedicate post Sunday, the Lord willing. 
After -the dedioation I will seud a full statement 
of all money received, and of our financial condi- 
tion." 



.Jan. 29, 1889. 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER. 



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— Bro. John Cayn writes: "The Breth 
;Sugar Bidge church, Ohio, commenced : 
.at the Mellott school-house, near Hartsville, Wood 
'Co., Ohio, Dec. 29, and continued till Jan. 8. 
■There were no accessions, but there was much in- 
terest taken. Bro. J. Whitniore did the preach- 
ing. He preached the Word with power, and 
;made many good impressions." 

—From the Wabash church, Ind., Bro. C. C. 
-Arnold writes: "Our beloved brother, Noah Fish- 
er, of the Mexico church, Ind, haB been with us 
during the last ten days, dealing out to us the 
Bread of Life, closing last night with very good 
interest. Five were received by baptism, and 
there ib one more applicant. Thus ended a glori- 
ous and, we trust, profitable meeting, for which 
we feel to give God the praise! " 

—Sister E. M. Sumatine, of Salem, Nebr., 
writes: "By urgent request Bio. J. S. Mohler was 
called again to the Salem church, and preached 
the Word to the people. They gladly heard him, 
and four more were added by baptism. Truly 
we are having a Gospel feast, aud still there are 
more to follow. Our elder B. K. Berkeybile, has 
labored faithfully for us two years. May God's 
blessing rest upon bim! Pray for the Salem 
church! " 

—Sister Diana Miller, of Adrian, Mo., writes: 
" The missionary eauee is the greatest work of the 
church. It is great because the field is so very 
large and the work of such an importance. We, 
as a chnrch, have scarcely made a start yet in this 
important work. Brethren, let us ever remember 
that we must obey the Lord in this as well as in 
all other commands. 'Go ye into all the world' 
is in force to-day just as much as it waa in the 
days of old. Do we believe it? Let ns prove it 
by our works!" 

—Bro. P. E. Whi truer writes: "A most inter- 
esting meeting is now in progress in the Bethel 
congregation, Squaw Creek Valley church, Holt 
Co., Mo. Bro. E. K. Berkeybile, of Falls City, 
Nebr., is conducting the meetings. Two have 
made the good choice, and others are near the 
kingdom. The meetings are well attended. The 
members have taken God at his word, and, sb a re- 
sult, Mai. 3: 8 is being verified in our midst. O, 
that we may continue to prove God, that his name 
may continually be glorified! " 

—Bro. Daniel Holsopple, of the Shade Creek 
church, Pa., writes: "Bro. Michael Claar, of 
Claysburg, Pa., came to us Dec. 27, and conducted 
a series of meetings in the Greenland meeting- 
house until .Jan. 6, preaching thirteen sermons in 
all, to the satisfaction of all present. The at- 
tendance was good, aud the attention very good. 
Bro. Claar presented the Truth in a very clear 
and impressive manner. The saints were muoh 
encouraged, and sinners were warned and invited 
to come and join in with the offered terrnB of mer- 
cy. Though there were no immediate accessions, 
we hope the seed sown will, at some time, spring 
up and bear fruit!" 

—From Covington, O., Bro. A. S. Neher writes: 
"We have just closed an interesting series of 
meetings in the Covington church, held by our 
home ministers. The meetings commenced Dec. 
20 and closed Jan. (i. During the progress of the 
meeting, Bro. W. E. Deeter, of Milford, Ind., 
dropped in and preached one sermon. Bro. Da- 
vis Younce, of Syracuse, Ind,, preached two ser- 
mons. Bro. Landou West, of Preble Co., Ohio, 
preaohed a sermon. As an immediate result, one 
precious soul was received by baptism, and the 
members were encouraged to press with vigor on, 
in fighting the battlos of the Lord. Brethren, 
pray for us, that we may labor in harmopy, and 
gain the prizeat the end of the raoel " 



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—Under date of Jan. t3, Bro. Benjamin Bow- 
man writes: "Bro. D. B. Gibson commenced 
prtacbiog at Cerro Gordo Jan 2. The meetings, 
so far, have resulted iu eight accessions to the 
church. Three of the eight belong to the Mil- 
mine church. Bro. John Melzger, of Cerro Gor- 
do, preached for the Brethren at the Milmint 
church to-day. Surely, we may rejoice that the 
good work is still moving onward." 



CORRESPONDENCE 



Royal Crumbs. 

On Monday, Jan. 7, Nora Murray, May Strick- 
ler, Minnie Clark, Wm. Vanhorn and Elias Peck 
were immersed into Christ, and the rejoicing con- 
tinued. The same evening Bro. Vaniman preached 
Jesus to all the people in the Chapel, and Eome 
■esolved to turn to the Lord. Tuesday evening 
Bra Eby held forth the Word with grace to the 
hearers, and sinners came flocking to their Savior. 
On Wednesday evening Bro. Vaniman talked 
about work and gave some practical lessons on la- 
bor. Still a great interest among the members 
and those out of Christ. Thursday evening Bro. 
Hillery spoke to a large audience and urged good 
heart work upon all. Friday evening Bro. S. S. 
Mohler gave us a lesson on the power of God 
through the Gospel. More applicants. Our eld- 
er, J. D. Trestle, was still with us aud did good 
service in private talks with the young. Satur- 
day evening Bro. Mohler gave us many rich 
thoughts on " rooting up noxious plants." Sun- 
day morning found twelve applicants for admis- 
sion to the church, hence a large number of mem- 
bers and others went to the East McPherson 
meeting-house, where Bro. Mohler spoke on God 
quickening process, and after services the larg 
audience went to the water to witness the solem 
baptismal Bervice. This makes twenty-five who 
came to Jesus in one week at this place. The 
names of those who came on the loth are, C 
Fahrney, Peter Fahrney, John Berkeybile, P. S. 
Meyers, C. Trapp, B. Gurnet, L. Clapper, C. H. 
Baumbaugb, Frank Fornaman, Candace Boyer, 
Merlie Miller and Mertie Brugh. 



One of the important events of the new year, in 
the history of McPherson College, is the assum- 
ing of the Business Managership by Bro. Daniel 
Vaniman. When here recently he , gave out the 
contract for the erection of a house and barn, and 
during the summer he will erect another dwelling. 
He will enter upon his dutieB about April L We 
welcome him for his virtues and lifting powers, 
and trust he may find his future work full of com- 
fort to the soul, for the position carries with it 
great opportunities to lead the youth to Jesus. 
The outlook for the school and for College Place haB 
vastly increased since the close of 1888. New life 
has been infused into all who are directly con- 
nected with the iustitntion. Others contemplate 
making College Place their home in the near fut- 
ure. It will be a delightful place for the breth- 
ren and sisters, and with the wisdom of heaven to 
direct and control, surely many souls can be gath- 
ered for Jesus and the saints be made to feel the 
joys of oneness of faith, hope and charity. 

M. M. Eshelman. 



From Sunfield, Mich, 



Noticj 



The press is a power for great good or great 
evil. The church may wisely guard her interests 
in making known the Gospel of Jesus, through 
the press as iu other mediums. By owning the 
religious publishing inierasts she not only can 
bring the revenues to her aid in spreading the 
good news of salvation, but Bhe can more readily 
and freely infuse her spirit into the things which 
stand related to the press. That which is under 
the care of the individual is more or less affected 
by the spirit of the individual. So in this case 
the church, if she owns the press, can infuse hei 
spirit into that work and impress her genius upon 
it, making it a medium through which to work; 
and can, by virtue ©f her superior power aud 
strength, throw safeguards around it that she can 
not do in any other way. 



Suuday evening, Jan. 13, Bro. S. S. Mohler 
preached Jesus to the people iu East McPherson, 
and Bro. Enoch Eby to those assembled in the 
Chapel. His words of counsel and warning were 
very much appreciated, and the sadness of bid- 
ding him adieu showed how much the dear mem- 
bers love him for Jesus' sake. 



hereby given to the several organized 
churches in the State of Michigan, that the Dis- 
trict Meeting of said State will be held this year 
with the brethren and sisters of the Sunfield 
church, two and a half miles south of the Sunfield 
depot, on the new railroad running from Grand 
Eapids to Lansing, Mich. Those delegates corn- 
the North-east and South-east should 
come by way of Lansing, and those coming from 
the North-west and South-west should come by 
way of Grand Eapids, then take the train for Sun- 
field. All delegates coming by rail should come 
Friday, Feb. 15, as the meeting will be in ses- 
sion on the morning of the 16th, at 10 A. M. 
Please do not forget the time and place. We do 
hope that the brethren will fully represent the 
different aims of the church. There will be con- 
veyance at the depot at the arrival of each train, 
on Friday, the 15th, to convey the brethren and 
sisters to the place of meeting. There will also 
be preaching at and during the time of District 
Meeting. Preaching on Friday evening, the loth, 
at 8 o'clock sharp. Benjamin Fhyfooije. 

From Howard Church, Ind, 



Dukinq last year (en were received into our 
hurch here by baptism, and a few by letter. Al- 
aough the ingathering has not been what we de- 
ired or hoped for, we feel to thank the Lord and 
rke courage. May we labor, in this new year, 
lore earnestly for the upbuildiug of the Eedeern- 
r's cause, aud may our united efforts be seasoned 
ith divine grace, that in the year 1SS9 thousands 
of precious souls may be gathered into the fold. 
" Whatsoever thy hand fiudeth totdo, do it with 
thy might." May every brother and sister real- 
ize the worth of souls, and come forward with 
willing hands and hearts, aud give of the means 
wherewith God has blessed them, for the support 
of the Gospel, that those that are called and set 
forward by the church to preach the Gospel, may 
be able to fill the many calls that are coming to 
us so often. 

Great responsibilities are resting upon ub! The 
Lord has committed to our care the great work of 
saviug souls, and, as we look around, we ec3 per- 
ishing bouIs all about us. They need salvation. 
Will we help to briug the means of grace within 
their reach? Let God's children all fall in line, 
and help to Gght manfully the battles of the Lord ! 
After the victory we can lay our armor by, and go 
home to enjoy the reward of the righteous! 

Daniel Bock. 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER. 



21), 1S89.. 



From the Filley Church, Nebr. 

We are still alive to the Masters cause and 
trying to do all we can for Hie advancement of 
his kingdom! "We hold Bible meetings every 
Tuesday evening at half past seveD, with a grow- 
ing interest and attendance. It seems to me that 
if every church in the Brotherhood would hold 
such meetings, much good would result from 
them. It builds us up to hear the old fn there of 
the church encourage us on our way Zionward! 
The beautiful singing thrills our souls with joy, 
and the prayers are certainly soul-inspiring and 
heaven-flavored, so that we are loth to leave the 
place. The harvest is ripening for the sickle out 
here, iu this beautiful land, but how scarce are 
the laborers! Yet how plentiful are they else- 
where, especially in the large churches. AVe 
read somptimes of fifteen or twenty preachers at 
one meeting. Brethren, pardon me when I say 
that it is useless for so mauy brethren to be at 
one place, when their labors are so much ueeded 
in isolated churches. The writer iB the only 
minister in this church, and he has to do all of 
the preaching, excepting when a brother comes 
from the South Beatrice church, and that is very 
rare. Brethren, why not come here and locate 
among us, and help in the good work now begun? 
A faithful, plain, earnest and energetic brother 
could reap a rich harvest liere. Come, brethren, 
help us to gather sheaves for the Lord's store- 
house, and when we pass over the cold river of 
death, we can enter through the pearly gates. 

W. H. MlLLEIt. 

McPherson Notes. 

"You hath he quickened who were dead in 
trespasses and sins." Eph. 2: 1. This was the 
appiopriate text from which Eld. S. S. Mohler 
to-day preached to us, and especially to the ap- 
plicants for baptism, a clear, forcible sermon. 
To " quicken " is to make alive. Sinners are dead 
in " trespasses and sinB," and must be restored 
to life again by the Spirit and the Word. Dead 
bodies should be buried. Sinners must die unto 
sin, be buried by baptism, and rise to walk in new- 
ness of life. 

We have all been greatly revived by the 
" refreshing from tlie presence of the Lord." The 
eldeis who came to visit the school, labored very 
faithfully and acceptably for us all, and we trust, 
as a school, we may go on growing iu divine life, 
as we grow in knowledge, and that we may ever 
reflect the self-denying principles of Christ. 
Tweuty-five were received by baptism, of whom 
twenty-three are from the school. S. Z. Shark 

From Elk Run Church, Va. 

Bito. J. M. Mohler came to us on the evening 
of Dec. 29. iflfe preached in all twenty sermons, 
and closed on the evening of Jan 11. As an im- 
mediate result eix. precious souls were received by 
baptism, and there is one applicant. Others were 
almost persuaded to accept Christ. The brethren 
and sisters were much encouraged and strength- 
ened in the faitb. The attendance was good, and 
increased until the meeting closed. 

John H. Kalston. 

From the Cameron Church, Mo. 

Not long since Bro. C. C. Root paid us a visit, 
and preached about a week for u?. In the mean- 
time we met in council and concluded, among 
other business, to make arrangements to have 
regular meeting once a month in Cameron, a city 
of 3,500 inhabitants. Our first meeting was held 
Jam 6, in our house, and we were encouraged by 



having a good, attentive little congregation. In a 
few days after the meeting we rejoiced to hoar 
that some were well pleased with our doctrines. 
An old lady that was present, though making no 
profession, said shewns goiug to have us c >me 
over to her house to preach! If we had a house 
oE our own, we might do some good here, but we are 
all poor. May the good Lord bring it about, is 
our prayer! Joseth B. Sell. 

From the Lost Creek Church, Juniata Co., Pa, 

Elder Daniel Stouffeh, of Maryland, camo to 
us January 5th and began a series of meetings at 
the Free Spring meeting-house. He preached 
thirteen very acceptable sermons. Though the 
congregations were small at first, they began to 
increase until Jan 13th, when the meetings closed 
with a crowded house and the best of interest. 
Four precious souls made the good confession and 
were added to the church by baptism. Four more 
have expressed a willingness to join in with the 
people of God, and we believe there are others 
near the kingdom. Bro. Daniel is an earnest and 
fearless advocate of the principles of Christ, and 
we regret he could not remain with us longer. 
J. N. Smith. 

From Galesburg, Kansas. 

The Neosho County church has just closed a 
very interesting series of meetings, conducted by 
our elder Sidney Hodgden and the home minis- 
ters. On account of the inclemency of the weath- 
er, the congregations were not as large as usual. 
There were no accessions to the church, but never- 
theless Bro. Sidney did not bIiuii to declare the 
whole Truth. Saints were very forcibly reminded 
of their duty, and sinners of the wrath to come. 
Our council-meeting was yesterday, Jan. 12th. 
There was considerable business before the meet- 
ing, but all was disposed of in love and harmony. 

The angels in heaven rejoice when we work to 
the glory and honor of God. We all have a work 
to do, and I think one good place to wc 
the social meetings. I hope the time is 
iu the future when all, and especially o 
members, will take an active part in these me 
ings. Elizabeth C. Kesler 



rk is in 
not far 
ur young 



From Holsinger Church, Bedford Co., Pa. 

Bro. Silas Hoover, o£ Boynton, Somerset Co., 
Pa., caine to this place and commenced a series of 
meetings Jan. 1, and continued the meetings until 
Thursday evening, the 10th, preaching in all thir- 
teen sermons. As a result of his labors ten pre- 
cious souls came out on the side of the Lord and 
were baptized. These were all young persons, 
but one. Fathers and mothers were made to re 
joice to see their sons and daughters come to 
Christ. Many more seemed to be convince] of 
their condition, but deferred for the time being. 
Bro. Hoover labored earnestly in the good cause. 
He shunned not to declare the whole counsel of 
God, but his time being limited, he had to leave 
us before the good work was all done. Brethren 
holding such meetings should not limit their time, 
so they could stay until -the completion of the 
work. The weather being favorable, the attend- 
ance was excellent. 

Bro. Hoover, while with us, preached on the 
subject of the covering. Haviug announced this 
subject a few evenings before, a large congrega- 
tion had assembled to hear him talk on this sub- 
ject, and, I believe, all felt it was good to be there. 
It was admitted by many that it was the best ser- 
mon on that subject ever heard. Why is it that 
eo little is preached on this subject? It is sel- 
dom you hear anything said on this duty, except- 



ing when applicants are received into the church, 
or during examination services at love-feasts, etc. 
Young members, coming into the church, need in- 
structions ou these commands, thus to fulfill the 
eotnmaud, " Teaching them to observe all things 
whatsoever I have commanded you." 

D. S. jtERLOGLE. 

Poor Fund. 

The following amounts were received at Hunt- 
ingdon, Pa : 

Annie M. Shirk, Lancaster, Pn $ 40 

Mrs. J. F. Oiler, Waynesboro, Pa 1 50 

Jesse Wagner 1 00 

D. P. Wine, Moore's Stoi e, Va 45 

A. J. K repps, McYeytown, Pa 50 

Martha Shaver, Lexington, Va 50 

Henry L. Harehbarger, Petersburg, Pa . . . 2 50 

Ellen Bidinger 1 00 

D. H. Neikirk, Lehmaster Station, Pa 5 00 

Joseph Kiusel, Altoona, Pa 1 00 

Leua Brookius, Little York, O 40 

Hannah Smith, Bissell, Washington Co., . 

Pa 36 

Margaret Jordan, Dennings, Carroll Co., 

Md 85 

Levi Summer 5 00 

J. T. Boss, Simpson, Taylor Co., W. Va.. . 2 00 

Lizzie Barndollar, Everett, Pa 1 00 

Total ...$23 46 

H, B. Brumbaugh. 

Thanksgiving Offering for Missionary Messenger. 

The following amounts have been received at 
Huntingdon, Pa.: 

H. J. Shelleubergar $ 1 00 

Mary Shellenberger 1 00 

E. McElroy 50 

Joseph and Sallio Ywogard, Oxford, Talbot 

Co., Md 2 00 

Mary A. Paul, Dillsburg, York Co., Pa. . . . 50 

A. W. MartiD, Goodville, Lancaster Co., Pa. 4 50 

A. J. Krepps, McYeytown, Pa 25 

Samuel B. Wenger, West Earl, Pa 02 

Maria Beer, Ft. London, Pa 1 05 

Lydia Ball, Uniontown, Pa 50 

Jacob S. Harley, Quakertown, Pa 1 00 

I. O. Thompson, Elkius, Md 50 

W. H. Myers, Mt. Pleasant, Pa 25 

Nancy Kimmel, Wadesville, Va 50 

Anna Froutman, Cessna, Pa 40 

Owl Creek, North Liberty, O 3 52 

David Fultz, Rnshville, O 40 

Henry Ooruiier, Amasa, Lake Co., Pa 10 

Michael Zug, Lebanon, Pa 25 

Geo. M. Baugher, Broadbeck, York Co., Pa. 50 

Mrs. Bettie Miller, Laurel Hill, Va 40 

Total $20 34 

H. B. BliUMBAUGH. 

From Greene, Iowa. 

Jan. 5 the church at Greene met in council. 
This congregation has always been known as the 
Cold Water church. AVlieu the Brethren's church 
was organised here, it was done ou the banks of 
(he Cold Water Creek, quite a number of years 
before the town of Greene was built, hence the 
name Cold Water. The Brethren did not build 
their meeting-house until after the town was start- 
ed, so they thought best to build it in town. The 
cuugie^filion has always retained its original 
name,— Cold Water church — but at our lato ooun- 
cil, Saturday, Jan. 5, Eld. J. F. Ikenberry said, he 
thought the name of the church should be changed 
from Cold Water to Greene, oar meeting-house 
being at Greene, It was decided |o make the 



Jan. 2!>, 1889. 



THE. GOSPEL MESSENGER. 



change, so hereafter it will ho known as the 
Greece church. It was proposed at the council 
that the church should elect a Sunday-6ehool Su- 
perintendent and Assistant. Bro. John Shank 
was chosen for the former, and Bro. John D. 
Shook for the latter position. Everything paesed 
oft' pleasantly and iu a Christian-like manner. 
After council-meeting another soul was added to 
the fold of Christ by baptism. 

Sunday, Dec. MO, three souls had become tired 
of tin, and were baptized. They were all young 
people. May God give them strength to hold out 
faithful until death! A. S. Shook. 

A Word to the Young Ministers of the Middle 
District of Iowa. 

In thinking over our missionary wort for the 
comiDg- year, the idea presented itself to my mind, 
that wherever there is a minieter who is not need- 
ed at home all the time he hag to spare (I mean 
at regular appointments), he should look around 
and see if he can not find some point near home 
where there is a good opening, and commence 
meetings. Then, if an interest is worked up, and 
you have more work than you can do, apply to the 
Mission Board for help. 

I fear there is too much dependence put in the 
Mission Board. Please give this matter some 
thought, and consider yourself a committee of one 
to go to work. 

Since I have been a member of the Board, I 
notice there are too many young ministers that 
simply go to regular appointments and feel no 
other responsibility. The instructions are, "Go 
ye into all the world." The pagt yew has been 
eacouragiug iu our work, but I hope there will be 
a move all along the line. We will be encouraged 
by the numbei-s that are ready to take hold of tl 
work. Our means have been meager, but we feel 
thankful for the encouragement we have received, 
and we believe, as our brethren become better ac- 
quainted with the manner of our work, and mis- 
sion work generally, and the great need of it, they 
will open their heart?, and give liberally. At 
present we have only about thirty dollars in our 
treasury. "We pray the Lord to give us greater 
desire to do good! J. 0. Seibert, Sec. 

Melbourne, Iowa. 

From Bijou Hills, Brule Co, Dak. 

By urgent request I left my home Jan. 4, to pay 
a missionary visit to the brethren and sisters of 
Mt. Vernon, Dakota. I was met by Bro. A. D. 
Thomas and son, and taken to their pleasant 
home, and from there to place of meeting in a 
school-house, some three miles distant. A full 
house greeted us. We expected Eld. J. A. Mur- 
ray for our companion in labor, but he did not 
come. On the evening of the 5th, Eld. B. F. Mil- 
ler and deacon G. J. Royer, of Alpena, came, 
much to our joy. They remained until the morn- 
ing of the 10th. Bro. Millor preached three good 
sermons. The writer remained until the 14th, 
when he closed the meetings with a good interest 
and a crowded house. 

By special request we labored almost exclusive- 
ly in doctrine and ohurch government, setting 
forth as clearly as we could the faith and practice 
of the Brethren. This was something new to 
most of the audience, and mauy expressed them- 
selves quite favorably impressed. "In the mouth 
of two witnesses every word is established," and 
we failed not to bring out the witnesses from the 
Word of God. I would have gladly remained 
longer, if I could have done so, believing, by a 
continuation of the meeting, accessions would 
have been made to the church. The Methodists 



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have a hold here, and a small class, with regular 
preaching. They make slow progress. 

There are seven members living near the place 
of meeting, and one in Mt. Vernon. They are 
good, consistent, loving members, and are anxious 
for meetings. They are a part of the Alpena 
church. Eld. B. F. Miller is their housekeeper. 
Owing to the distance and oxponse necessary to 
keep up a regular meeting, there is none, and the 
brethren can not, owing to limited circumstances, 
defray the expense that must attend, keeping up 
regular meetings at this point. Here, I think, 
would be a worthy place to give help through the 
General Mission Fund, to establish regular 
preaching by the Brethren. I pray this may 
greet the General Mission Board favorably, and a 
small allowance be set aside for mission work in 
Dakota.* 

As ministers we are few in number, and only 
moderately blessed with this world's goods. The 
great inconvenience of travel makes missionary 
work quite expensive and more than the ministers 
of Dakota can stand. A little assistance would be 
kindly received, and, I believe, prove a blessing 
to these in Dakota, suffering for the Bread of 
Life. The Progressives are making efforts to es- 
tablish churches in Dakota by following up our 
church organizations. We ask the prayers of the 
church to be able to defend the cause. Love to 
all the brethren and sisters! Wii. G. Cook. 

A Voice from the West. 

Dec. 27 I went to Bro. Isaac Conner's, eight 
miles south-west of Independence, where we be- 
gan a series of meetings in the evening, and con- 
tinued until Jan. G. Owing to the inclemency of 
the weather and muddy roads, congregations were 
quite small for the first week, after which the at- 
tendance increased until we had a crowded house, 
with the best ot interest. Three precious souls 
were added ta the faithful by baptism. A large 
crowd assembled at the water's edge to witness 
the baptismal scene. Solemnity seemed to per- 
vade every heart, as the new members came forth 
from the liquid grave. Many of the outsiders 
grasped their hands and bade them God-speed. 
It was the first time, many told me, they ever saw 
our people baptize. Old men stood on the shore, 
and saw Matt. 28: 19 observed as commanded, for 
the first time in their lives. 

There were but five members in this neighbor- 
hood, but they are alive in the Master's cause, 
and are not ashamed to take up their cross and 
follow Christ. They came forward as courageous 
soldiers of the Cross and stood by us to the 
except si6ter Beeyhly, who was deprived of the 
blessed privilege on account of sickness. 

I often think, if our large congregations had the 
zeal and earnestness that the isolated have, in the 
holy cause, a much greater work could be done in 
the suppression of sin and spiritual wickedness, 
and the upbuilding of Christ's cause and kingdom 
on the earth. God bless the members and friends 
for their kindness to us! Chas. M. Yearout. 

Westphalia, Kans. 

From Monticello, Ind. 

Bro. David Dillinq, of White Co., Ind., and 
the writer, met with the few members living near 
Chesterville, 111, and commenced meeting Jan. 1. 
We continued until the evening of the 11th. The 
meetiugs were well attended until the evening of 
the 7th. Then the weather turned quite stormy, 
so that we did not have any meeting on the even- 
ing of the Sth. We closed meeting on Friday ev- 
ening, with a full house of interested hearers. 



One was baptized during the meetings. A num- 
ber of others were deeply impressed with the 
truth, but said by their actions, " Go thy way for 
a more convenient season." When we bade them 
farewell, rnauy requested us to come back again, 
and desired us to pray for them. My conviction 
is, that, if the Brethren will continue to work 
faithfully, at some future day there will be a large 
ingathering of souls. A. S. Cdlp. 



From Covina, Cal. 

Our meetings closed at Progress, Colo., Dec. 
16, with a general good feeling and interest. 
Many said, " Pray for us, and do not fail to stop 
and preach for us on your return from California." 
Oh, how eager those dear people are in those 
new countries for the Bread of Life! If our 
brethren and sisters, who live in organized 
churches, and can attend regular preaching, could 
see how much those isolated members and others 
enjoy preaching, they would give morn encourage- 
ment to their home ministers, by their presence 
at the regular meetings, unless their absence 
would be unavoidable. 

On the morning of Dec. 17, we left Progress 
in company with Bro. Noah Garman (in a freight 
wagon), for Syracuse, Kan., taking nearly two 
days to make the trip. From there I took the 
train on the reliable old Santa Fe. I think tour- 
ists for California can not do better than to take 
the Santa Fe at Kansas City. Their courteous 
trainmen take pleasure in Bhowing the travelers 
places of interest along their line, thus making the 
long trip one of pleasure. 

I reached Covina, Cal , on the evening of Dec. 
22, and began a series of meetings in the Breth- 
ren's meeting-house in Covina on the 23rd, and 
continued each evening until Jan. 10. Four have 
been baptized dnriug the meefiugs. To-night, 
Jan 14, we commenced meeting at Spadra. Those 
wishing to write to me, will address me at Covina, 
Los Angeles Co., Cal., and my mail will be sent 
to me. California snrsly is a delightful land. 
Jacob Witjiore. 

From English River Chnrch, Iowa, 

On Friday evening, Jan. 11th, Bro E. L. 
Brower, of Waynesborough, Augusta Co., Va., 
came, and commenced preaching for us. He will 
continue over Sunday. He fears not to preach 
the Word. The attendance has been reasonably 
good. I have reasons to believe that Bro. Brow- 
er's preaching is being well received. There have 
been no accessions, but w r e hope the good seed 
sown will be as bread cast upon the waters, to be 
gathered not many days hence. 

War. H. Black. 

From the Bangor Church, Mich. 

On Saturday evening, Dec. 15, we began a 
series of meetings in the Baptist church-house, 
at the north-end of our congregation. Bro. J. H. 
Miller did the preaching for us and has, in all, 
preached twelve sermons. We believe that deep 
impressions were made upon the sinner, and that 
the Baints were much built up. Though there 
were no immediate accessions, we hope the seed 
60wu will, at some time, spring up and bring fruit. 

Jan. 5, Bro. Amos Peters, from the Pine Creek 
church, began a series of meetings in the Bangor 
church, and labored nutil the evening of Jan. 16, 
and preached, in all, twenty sermons. Brother 
Amos labored hard and faithfully while with us 
and, by the blessing of God, two were made will- 
ing to come out on the Lord's 6ide. Many others 
are counting the cost. The church was much 
built up and encouraged. H. M. Schwalm. 



THE. GOSPEL MESSENGER. 



Jan. 29, 1SSI7. 



Missionary 


and Tract Work Department. 




y,af|h.e week, 

when Iconic." 


ingly or o) necessity, for the lord 
lovcih a cheerful giver" L'or.fl: 



lata tracts, sand i 
portuuitif s to do 
feetive ohurcb \vi 
abundant as now. 
flint our reward i 
will there is a wa 



:k, hav 



a into the field, and op- 

id more extended and ef- 

i never been so good and 

May we all do our part well, 

lay be great, Where there is a 

;. All can belp, all can work! 



Organization of Missionary Committee. 



Virden, III. 
Ml. Monis. III. 
Ml. Morris, III. 



Organization of Book anil Tract Work, 



."." AN d ttions intended for Missionary Work s 

cm 10 D.Ii. Miller, Ml. Morris, III. 

money for Tmcl Work should he scnl !o 






Da 



Ob.i 



Money may be sent by Money Order, Registered Let- 
ter, or, Drafts on New York or Chicngo. Do not send person- 
al checks, or drafts on interior towns, as it costs :; cents to 
collect them. 

Bf Solicitors are requested to faithfully carry out the plan 
of Annual Meeting, that all our members be solicited to con- 
tribute at least twice a year for the Mission and Tract 'Work of 

^f"Note> for the Endowment Fund 



- had h\ 



.■ of cit 



" Ti:ees in the forest may be barren, but trees 
in the gard?n should be fruitful!" 

We still have a few hundred copies of the mis- 
sionary number of the Messenger on hand for 
free distribution. Address Brethren's Book and 
Tract Work, Dayton, O. 

A person may 6oon forget the best part of a 
sermon, but when the same is printed in a tract 
it can be rend again and again. In this way great 
truths become fastened upon the mind. 

The leaflet, " Pause and Think," has fallen into 
the hands of at leaBt one person who now thinks 
aud does differently than heretofore. How sweet 
and beautiful is the state of that soul whose de- 
light is in the Lord! 

Wl want everybody to become acquainted with 
tbe Tract Work. Address the Secretary, S. Bock, 
who will mail jou Annual Eeport free. The con- 
stitution sets forth the plan by whioh to raise 
money, and how the work ib to be carried on. 

THEN AND NOW. 

EI S. Wt HOOTEli. 

Compare the present spirit of the church, its 
wealth and missionary methods, with that of but 
fit'ty, thirty, or even twenty years ago, and the 
reader will be able to form an approximate idea 
of our present ability to send the Gospel far and 
wide over the land. 

There was not near the wealth in the Brother- 
hood then that we have now; we had only a par- 
tially-organized missionary system, and no effect- 
ive plans of general application by which to col- 
lect money, and besides an enterprising spirit in 
general missionary work was lacking in many 
places, but, happily, embarrassments of that nat- 
ure have now mostly either passed away or have 
been removed. 

Comparatively spBakins, there is now no reason 
forf.orebjpdjftgstpr ditomrdgements of any kind. 
We huve l;o id will and spirit, excellent system 
and abundant means. Ability to print and circtt- 



WILL A MAN ItOB GOB?- Mai. 3: 8. 

RV I. N. rT.OSSWAIT. 

If we read the paragraph beginning with these 

ir.is. we have some of the ways in which God is 
! robbed. If we look into onrown conduct through 
the mirror of the Gospel, we can see many ways 
in which we are robbing him of his just dues. 
We are required to love God with Hie whole heart, 
might, mind and strength. How do we observe 
that requirement? 

Again, we are too often given to breaking our 
vows, ofteu promising to be more diligent in time 
to come, but utterly failing to do so, just like men 
who are in debt and premise fairiy to pay, but 
make no effort to do so. It is robbery. I think 
it is robbing God, to neglect the assembling of 
ourselves together on tbe Lord's Day necordiug to 
the example of the primitive Christians. If but 
two or three can come together, it is robbery to 
neglect doing so. 

" But," says one, " we have no preacher." There 
is no excuse in that; we can read and pray togeth- 
er and profit by so doiug. Another, perhaps, 
would say, ' I en not pray." If we can not sim- 
ply ask our Father for what we want (which is 
the best of prayers) then our profession must be 
in vain and we are yet in darkness. A child of 
God must surely be able to nsk the Father to give 
him that which he needs and wants. Oh, that 
God would awaken all to render unto him his 
dues! 

BALTIMORE BIBLE SCHOOL REPORT. 

The following is a report of the Bible school at 
Baltimore, Md., for the quarter ending Dec. 31, 
1S83: 

MARYLAND. 

Sister Ella Williams, Funkstown S 1 00 

Sister Hoffman, New Windsor 1 00 

J. E. Gnagey, Accident 5 00 

An approving sister 2 00 

Benj. Kessler, Monrovia 5 00 

Ephraim Stonffer 1 00 

C. Spanogle, Fairplay 3 00 

Si6ter Annie Roop 10 00 

Several Brethren oE Brownsville church, 

through Mrs. A. C. Castle 1 60 | Lab 

ILLINOIS 

Oakley church S. S., Cerro Gordo, through 



IOWA. 

South Waterloo S. S., Sam'l. Switzer, per 

Bretb. Pub. Co., Mt. Morris, 111 $ 9 77 

Lizzie Saylor, Waterloo 1 00 

Melrose S. S., Grundy Center, through G. 

A. Moore 8 46 

South Keokuk S. S , per F. H. Hielmau. . 2 30 

PENNSYLVANIA.. 

John Giser, Waynesborough $ 50 

Sister Sudie Eoyer, Waynesborough 25 

Sister Maggie H. Fyock, Purchase Line. . . 1 00 

A sister, New Paris 5 00 

Waynesborough church, Thanksgiving of- 
fering, through Jos. T, Emmert 6 63 

Fitinna T. Bner, Philadelphia 1 00 

S. F. Riemau, Berlin 50' 

Christian Bcitz, Friedens 50 

Geo. Beitz, Friedens 50 

Daniel Baer and family, per J. D. Baer, 

Friedens 1 00 

Miss Nan Smith, Washington 50 

P. H. Pentz, Jefferson Line, through Bretb. 

Pub. Co., Mt. Morris, III I 00 

01110. 
Sugar Grove S. S., per Perry M. Dukes. .$ 7 25 

Brethren S. S., Bryant, per H. J. Detrick. 5 00 

Elmira and Nora Speigle, New Stat k 1 25 

Canton church, through J. F. Kaliler 3 00 

Rome church, Thanksgiving offering, thro' 
Silas Wiedman 



8 00 

VIRGINIA. 

39 donors, Harrison!) argli, through D. H. 

Wisman $10 00 

MISSOURI. 

Smith Fork S. S., Clinton Co., through Wm. 

C. Way $3-00 

KANSAS. 

O. O. Button, Marion Co $ 50 

Jacob W. Gauby, Houston 1 00 

Salem S. S., Nickersou, Iteno Co,, through 

Breth. Pub. Co., Mt. Morris, 111 7 75 



B. W. Shifford S 1 60 

Buth Bowen, St. Joseph 1 00 

Silver Creek S. S., W. Felker, Trens., per 

Breth. Pub. Co., Mt. Morris 5 75 

Thanksgiving offering, Pleasant Hill ch'h., 

through David Gibson, 10 years old. . . 7 00 
Hudson church, through Ida L. Blough. . . 1 75 
Oakley District, through Susan M. Strope, 

Bakery 12 50 

INDIANA. 

Bock Hun church, through J. A. Miller . . . 

Pine Creek Union S. S , through Enoch Mil 
ler 

Pleasant Valley S. S., Middleburg, througl 

Eli Scrook 3 50 

Two sisters, Busselville 7 50 

Thanksgiving offering, through J. A. Wea- 
ver, Monticello , 2 86 

North Manchester Brethren S. S., through 

A. W. Bowman 2 00 

Pleasant Hill S. S., Albert per N. Shrimp. 1 40 



1; 1)5 



3 75 



EXPENDITURES. 

Tuition §50 00 

Rent 42 00 

Clothing 32 50 

Car fare 2 20 

Ministers' car fare 4 75 

Advertising 2 00 

Bibles 7 15 

Books and publications, Breth. Pub. Co. . . 8 00 

Doctor and medicine 4 85 

Freight and expreseage 5 50 

Fuel and light 60 

Time lost in interest of the school 1 16 

3 00 

Stationery and mailing 2 30 

Helping Brethren 7 45 

SUMMARY. 

Maryland §29 60 

Illinois 29 60 

Indiana 27 66 

Ohio 24 50 

'o™ •' 21 53 

Pennsylvania 18 38 

Virginia 10 00 

Kansas 9 25 

Missouri 3 00 

Total receipts for fourth quarter $173 52 

Building fund in bank 110 70 

Bnilding fund interest 2 10 

General fund in bank 8 02 

General fund interest 90 



Balance on hand $121 72 

James T. Quinlan. 



Jnu. 29, 1889. 



THE. GOSPEL MESSENGER. 



79 



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)X[AL. 



ILivirigslon Co., III. 

H,: X »vj.1m>„n,v. 

•STAl'l'TER— MORROW. — At the resi- 
dence of the bride's p.trenls, Jnn. S, by llic 
undersigned, B o Harry M. Stauffer ant 
sister Clara M. Morion, I o h o Lnncasfci 
Co., Pa. Wm. M. Lyon. " 

'CROW— MANSFI1L].]). At the resident 
of the bride's parents, Bro. Morgan Mans- 
lield, Dec 13, by the undersigned, Mr. Em- 
mitt Crow and Miss Esther Mansfield, ol 
Mcl'herson Co , Dak. 



.MULLEN DORE— LOUIS 



. l|.>K>.-i: 

- In Bro 

Jan. 3, by the 

C. Mullendon 

Eli Your-ii 



♦ FALLEN t ASLEEP*- 

" Bless 

WILES.— In the 
near Ringgold, Md 
of friend Jacob V 
months and 2^ day 



Tin 
dieted for 






, but h 



Ji..- 



had spokeh 
f religion and 
:d, but, unfort 



itice had been af 
i- death was quite 

her husband 



I'RICE— In 1 



Ohit 



!>■« 



I'ec :;, lb 



rc-h, Mil, 
l'r 



d oeeame 
ago,- hut bore- his sic 
fortitude. Me- freque 
and .me, -Inlolhat re, 
the people of God: II 
about two weeks befo 
lees by the writer an, 
Rev- 14:13. J, 

WETZIiL-Atlhc I 
Mrs. Ma 



De< 
Paul We 



...M.,, 



coming to this 
ber of the Brethrt 
a faithful an 
of her death 

The remains 
to Grundy C'en 
ber home for a 



r Co., 

aue-,1 -|f, 

-ie-k about four month-, 
ness with patience and 
itly desired to depart 

I w.v ;mointed with oil 
e his departure. Serv- 
llro- J- Lehman, from 

>me of her daughter, 



Shortly after 



Sunday, I)e, 



ye deceased were brought 
Iowa, near where she had 
iber of years, and the fu- 
held in the Baptist church, 
= P. M. 

ives a kind husband, nine dear chll- 
1 a large circle cf friends to mourn 
. May the God of peace and consc- 
; with the bereaved! Our Baptihl 
manifested much kindness and re- 
on the occasion. Services by Eld. 
Johnson, of Garrison, Iowa, assisted 



ged }\ years, S months an, 
l',r,-.,-,,l united wilhlh'e 
S. She attended one con 



aker, 



ed time, 
ding fa: 



,l:ii< 



ml,- 



appo 



hen she gently parsed away, bid- 
veil to all around her, and being 
sensible unlil the last. She expressed her- 
self as being glad that she made the choice of 
that good part which shall never be taken 
awayirom her, and died rejoicing in the hope 
she had beyond this vale of tears. She was a 
kind, obeilient daughter, loved by all who 



ny friends 



lily h, 



: the 



, froir 



m.poil 



ince of 



abeth f.Uli 
"14_ Teeter, de 



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Landis, 


— In 

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Services 


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BUTLER 


—In 


the 


sail 


Miami 


Jo, 


Ind 


, n 


Butler, 


iged 


79 


year 



nd 16 



dav 



Deceased united with the church about 
thirty years ago, and was a faithful and con- 
sistent member. She was helpless for oyer a 
j-ear, but was well cared for by the family, 
which is composed of one-son antl daughter- 
in-law (a sister), and seven grandchildren. 
May God bless them all! Services by the 
wiiter. from Eccl, •}: 10. 

David SwilIART. 
1IARSUBARGER — At the home of her 
grandfather, Eld. Isaac Long, at Mill Creek, 
Rockingham Co., \'a., Dec. j; Lillie Flor- 
ence, daughter of Bro. John and sister Mar- 



,.-t llarshh.il 



, of 1 



111. 



With her mother she came to Virgin 
on a visit, and after enjoying themselves wil 
parents, grandparents, etc , about two week 
the spirit of this little girl took its flight in 



the 



Mi] 



ek. There was a large at- 
tendance and many sympathizing friends to 
mourn their loss, but they can realize the 
consolation that their loss is her eternal gain. 
Services by Bro ). M. Mohler, from Luke 
,iS: 16. , II. E. ll,\USlin.\RGr-.R. 

NO All— In the Greene church, Iowa, Nov. 

21, Alta, daughter of Albert and sister 

Noah, aged about i month and .1 weeks. 
Services by Brfa. Wm. llipes. 
MOCK.— In the Clover Creek church, sister 
Susan Mock, aged 94 years, 6 months and 
19 days. Services by J. W. Brumbaugh. 

HAMPTON.— In the Pine Creek church, 
Brown Co., Nebr., Jan. 1, sister Charlotte 
Hampton, aged 67 years, 3 months and 14 
days. Services by the writer, from Rev. 
14:13. R.S'.Rust. 



1 : 24, 25. 
T. T. Mr; 



o everybody. 
place in ti, 
ed by the- c 



1 Montgomery Co., Ohic 



-' Co, Ind , in October, l 



-.S years. 
s of faith 



ISrelhren. 
SMITH.- 



RONK -At Ladoga, Ind 
Joel M.'Ronk.aged iSy, 



Lukein:.,;. |„,„;A. 

KOCIIEL.-In the Conestoga c 
caster Co , Pa , Ian. (,, Man- 1 
of friend Weidler Kochel, ag 
mouths and 21 days. Services 
er, assisted by Rev D. W. Ge 
Reformed church, from Matt. 
iiV 6. Wm. 



ract "Work. 

List of Publications for Sale,— Sent 
Postage Prepaid'. 

t'LAeS \. 
o.l. fioldiin (ileams or 1-Vmii ' l.art .... 9i e , 



and Biblo Lands, Miller, 1 
e of the Brethren Defended. 1 



Two 
Clos 


Communion, We* 


Path 
How 


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Deceased was born in Stark Co., Ohio, 
July 22, 1S23; was married to George Mock, 
July 11, 1S41; moved to Kosciusko Co., Ind., 
Oct. 11, 1S44. Both united with the church 
inTS.lo. Thirteen children blessed their un- 
ion. Father and nine of the children stilt sur- 
vive. Thus one by one the faithful pass over 
the river! Services by I he writer, from Rev. 
;c>: 1 •, to a large audience. 

II, II. Brallier, 



No. 9. Sermon on Baptistm , per copy,. . . 
No. 10. Glnd Tiding of Salvation, per bi 
No. It. Life of Eld. 8. Weir (Colored 

No. 12. Ten' lteasnns for Trino Innni t 

CLASS D. 
No. t. House We Lire In. per 100, ... 

No. 2. Plan of Salvation, per 100 

No. 3. Come, Let 0s Reason Together, p 
No. i. How Shall I Know that my Sin 

Pardoned?per 100, 

No. 5. Intemperance, per 100, 

No- 8. Pluin Dressing, per UX. 

No. 7. Which Is the Hight Church? por 
No. 8. House Wo Live In (Swedish), per 
No 9. Houeo We Live In (Dnmsb).per 
No. 10. Paul Wetzel's Ueasons, L'tc., 



No. 16. Modem Skejjtiolsm, iter 100 

No 17. Infant Baptism Weighed in tl lt . Us- 
ances and Found Wauting, per 100 i 

CLASS E 

No. 1. Pause and Think, per 100, 

No. 2. What Do We Need? per 1U0 ! 

No. 3 Hight or Wrong Way, per 100, 

No. 4. Why Am I Not a Christian? parlOO '■ 

No. 5. Saving Words, per 100 I 

No B. Christ and War, por 100 

No. 7. The Uond of Peace, per 1U0 I 

No. 8 ThoKiss of Charity, per 100 ! 

No.O. The Evils of Intemperance, per 100.. . ! 

No. 10. The Lost Opportunity, per 100 ! 

No. 11. Are You ft Christian? per 1U0 I 

No. 12. Arise, Get Thee Down, por 100 S 

No. 13. A Personal Appeal por 100 £ 

No. U. Lying Among the I'uts, per 100, . . i 

No IV liol.Uod Costly Arr.ty, per 100 S 

No. 10. The Brethren's Car.!, per ICO S 

Bibles, Testaments, Hymn Books of all style: 
at publishers' lowest retail pricee, which will b 
furnished on application. 
Address 

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DAYTON. OHIO. 



Miscellaneous Works, 

I .^Wc are prepared to furnish any book 
in the market at publisher*,' retail price. Re- 
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i rated with forty engravings, at The low price of ?i.eo 
Brown's Pocket Concordance.— This is n very relet 



Companion to the Bible. -This valuable work is so 

cfit to every Christian. Pnce*t*J S . ° 
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Europe and Bible Lands.-By D. L. Miller. A hook 



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Sacred Geography and 






^letrfworfconthc. 



to the Apostles. - By J. 



80 



THE GOSPRLa MES8BNGBR. 



Jan. 29, 1880. 



PISTBICT MEETINGS. 



S, Rt 10 A til., etaio ms-inn. oi 
i the Simtieid chare 1\. Those i 



M., State His' 
...ti field church, 
t and N.>nl> will 

i.hih.Is; there ta" 

Grand Rapids R. 



viil l.io mt'l Hi.- iliiy before I 



Art tice to .Vothas. 
Mrs. TOHSUnr's Soothino Sthup should always 
be tved when children are exit tins teeth. It relieres 
the little sufferer at once; it produces natnral. 
qniet sleep by reliemttc the child, and the little 
cherub awakes as " bright as a button." It is very 
pleasant to taste. It soothes the child, softens the 
gams, allays all pain, relieves wind, regulates the 
bowels, and is the best known remedy for diarrhoea, 
whether arising from teething or other causes- 
Twenty-live cents a bottle. 28yl 



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Indianapolis, Cincinnati and Louisville, in 
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Church Register. 



To those who would wish to collect andtt 
serve a complete history of tbeir congregatio] 
biography of each of their members, with n 
dates cf baptism or letter, dates of death or 
and also dates of election, ordination of a 

curring in each congregation, we would saj 
a copy of the Church Begister. Price, contj 
sample pages and instructions, well bound 
sent by mail, $1.00 per copy. Addraas this 1 



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effect on the 


Huntingdon 


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Monday. May 


14,1888: 




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EUROPE 
BIBLE A LANDS ! 

BY D. L. MILLER. 

The large sale of this work gives abundant 
proof of its popularity- The eighth edition 
is almost exhausted, and a new edition will 
be necessary to supply the demand. The 
following partial list will give an idea of the 
contents of the work: 

Life in Germany. — Berlin. — The King's 
Palace. — Dresden.— The Crown Jewels.— 
Women in Germany. — The City of Prague. 
— The Martyrdom of John Huss. — The 



ul's Preach- 
at Athens. 

-"The Seven Churches of Asia. — Ephesus, 
nd the Temple of Diana. —Jaffa. — The 



their Flocks bv Night. — Rachel's Tomb. — 
Mount of Olives.— The Garden of Geth- 
semane. — Jericho. — The Dead Se; 
of Jordan.— Bethel. 



"Little Missionaries," — a term applied 
by some one to our Brethren's Envelopes, 
1? well deserved. Price, 15 cents a package; 
for sale at thU offic*. 



tains of 
id Cursing. — Nazareth. — Cana of 
Galilee."— The Sea of Galilee. — Capernaum. 
— Damascus — Ruins of Baalbec. — Customs, 
Manners, Habits and Home Life of the Arabs. 

Bro. Miller visited the places he describes, 
and tells about them in an easy, pleasant 
manner, which makes the book exceed: 
interesting. It contains 439 pages, and 40 
engravings, among which are a number of 
full-page illustrations of Palest: 
It is printed on heavy, tinted paper, in clear- 
faced type, bound in a good, substantial man- 
ner, and will be sold at the very low price of 
$1.50 per copy, cloth binding, postage prepaid. 

Special Rates to Ministers.— In order 
to have a copy of the book placed in the 
hands of all our ministers, we make them the 
following liberal offer: Send one dollar for 
the book, and sixteen cents to pay postage, 
and you will receive a copy by return mail. 

Agents wanted, to whom liberal terms will 
be given. Address all orders to 

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understanding of the deliberations of the 
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postpaid; leather, $2.00. 

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Mt. Morris, 111., and Huntingdon, Pa., Feb. 6, 1889. 



No. 6. 



The Gospel Messenger. 



tbe 



We are informed that the Brethren of the 
Snake Spring congregation, Kooutz church, Bed- 
ford Co., Pa., held a very interesting meeting dur- 
ing December, with six additions. Bro. J. B. Mil- 
ler did the preaching. 

Under date of Jan. 10, 'Si), a brother writes 
" The Brethieu of the Mountville church, Lancaa- 
ter Co, Pa., have just closed a series of meetings 
in the village of Neffsville, conducted by Bro. Hi- 
ram Gibble, assisted by Bro. A. S. Hqttensteia, 
The attendance was very good, and fourteen came 
out on the Lord's side. Others were almost per- 
suaded." 

WHAT DO WE BELIEVE ? 

Our belief, usually, is a personification of our- 
selves as we appear before the world, as it is to 
be expected that we act out our belief or faith. 
There are many things about which we have no 
well-defined belief because we have never given 
the subject a personal examination. The only 
belief we have in retard to them is what we acci- 
dentally heard, rather than the result of our own 
searching. And it is no uncommon thing to hear 
our brethren, and ev<n our ministers, express be- 
liefs, as if held by them, that are not at all in har- 
mony with the orthodox belief of our church, so 
that the casual observer may obtain wrong views 
as to our accepted faith by taking any one man's 
views as representing the who^le or that of the 
church. The same, of course, is true of other 
churches. 

Not long since we were present where there 
were a number of ministers representing different 
denomination^, when the following subject was 
discussed: " What are the evidences of the speedy 
conversion of the world to Christianity? " 

The subject was discussed at some length, and 
in the discussion were Bet forth some very encour- 
aging- facts. As evidence to the accomplishment 
of so desirable an end, the modern discoveries and 
inventions were named,— their advantages and 
possibilities when made available to the spreading 
of Gogpel Truth, — the power of the printing- 
press iu diflusiug over the world Christian litera- 
ture, and the immense production of Bibles in all 
languages, thus making it possible for them to be 
placed in all homes, the rich and poor alike. The 
unusual interest that has been growing in all the 
churches, in the missionary work, — the opening 
up of heathen countries to the Gospel, and the 
large sum 3 of money that are flowing into the 
Lord's treasury for the sending forth of the light 
of the Gospel to all lauds and nations, the large 
number of heathen that are forsaking their idola- 
try and accepting the Christ of the Gospel as the 
Savior and Redeemer of the world, — taking all 



facts in the aggregate, and counting on a 
continued increase, in the same ratio, it was as- 
sumed that, in a very few years, the kingdoms of 
the world could become the kingdoms of the Lord 
Christ, and that all nations and kingdoms would 
acknowledge Christ as the Supreme Ruler and 
Sovereign. 

At first there seemed to be n general assent giv- 
en to this interesting and beautiful picture, but it 
was soon made evident that all this apparent 
weight of evidence was not sufficient to establish 
the truthfulness of the affirmation, as the assump- 
tion first appeared to some of those who had giv- 
en the subject some thought. And right' here we 
mention how easy it is for us to misunderstand 
each other's views and beliefs. The speaker was 
a Methodist minister, and the gist of his argu- 
ment and all the evidence he gave hinged on his 
discrimination between conversion and regenera- 
tion. His position was, as afterwards defined by 
himself, that the world may be converted to Christ 
and Christianity without being regenerated or 
born, as new creatureB in Christ JesuB. The Unit- 
ed States is called a Christian nation with a Chris- 
tian form of government, because, by our people 
and our rulers, God is acknowledged as the Su- 
preme Ruler, and Christ as the Redeemer. On 
the same ground, many of the European counfiie 
are called Christian nations. Then, to Christian 
ize the world, will be to bring heathen lands u] 
to this standard, and the work is done. Shoulc 
the Christian world be able to accomplish this 
much, what would we then have? What kind of 
conversion would there be, and in what way would 
it hasten the coming of Christ to rule and reign? 

What do we believe on this subject? What is 
the preaching of the Gospel to all nations to ac- 
complish? Is it to bring the nations to a saving 
knowledge of the truth, or is it to prepare the 
world for judgment, or is it for both? If the con- 
version of heathen nations will do no more for 
them than it is doing for the United States and 
other so-called Christian Dations, we do not reach 
the primary intention, as a result, from preaching 
the GoBpel to all nations; directly, yet, indirectly, 
such conversion is the Baptist for regeneration to 
those who believe and are baptized. It is the op- 
ening wedge that makes salvation a possibility to 
all people. In looking at this great subject, we 
must not overlook the means to an end, neither 
should we undervalue the instruments used to 
bring them about. Do we ever think whence 
came the religious liberty that we now enjoy? 
Yes, you say, it came from God. So it did, but 
who were the instruments, and how waB the way 
prepared? God used men iu this great work, as 
he dees in every other good that is accomplished. 
So, when a land or nation is converted from a be- 
lief in idols to that of a belief in the true God, an 
opening wedge is driven into that nation that 
will let iuto it the full blaze of Gospel light that 
eventually may reach the minds and hearts of the 
most darkened. Openings into the most hardened 



neks 



anywhere i 
be bo con 
We, too. lo 



are lining made, and the important question 
to us is, Are we entering the cleft with the regen- 
erating power, the pure Word? The Baptist was 
a wonderful power in convening the people and 
giving them the light he had; but there was no 
regenerating power there. He prepared them for 
it, and Christ followed as the finisher— not to all 
— to such as desired completion. Into some na- 
tions the gospel wedge has been driven, but the 
cleft that God opened for his own people was en- 
tered by otherd, as it was iu Germany and some 
of the other enlightened nations, and to-day the 
full light is not allowed to enter because of the 
cleft made, being otherwise filled. The late South- 
ern Rebellion opened a cleft in the Southern rock, 
and the regenerating power should now follow. 
What do we believe? Ought we, or ought we not? 
Who will answer? 

As we follow along this train of thought, the 
question again comes to us, What do we believe 
in regard to the whole world being nominally cou- 
verted to a belief iu the true God? Is it taught 
. the Scriptures that the world is to 
erted before tbe coming of Christ? 
k for the speedy coming of Christ, but 
what are oar evidences of his near approach? 
What are the signs of the times with as? Is the 
Gospel first to be heralded forth to all nations,— 
and then should the end come? What are the ef- 
fects that we expect from the preaching of the 
Gospel? We don't expectall to receive it because 
it is said, He that believethand is baptized shall 
be saved; he that believetb, not shall be damned. 
The inference is, some will believe and be Baved; 
some will not believe and be lost. Will the num- 
ber of believers grow proportionately larger, or 
will it be the reverse? These are questions in 
which we are all interested, bb our mission in the 
world is to save the lost, and surely we ought to 
be concerned as to what kind of success we are 
making. Christianity is said to be the salt of the 
earlh, and if we can get salt all over it, we cau 
preserve it. If the salt gets too little in quantity 
to preserve it, then will the earth perish, and the 
Lord will save his people by taking them up away 
from it. 

Whichever vi-w we may fake of it will not less- 
en our responsibilities in laboring to save sinners. 
This part of the work the Lord has given us to do; 
and if we do it well, the promise of eternal life is 
ours, independent of the results of our labor. Al- 
though weaie often discouraged because there 
seems to be so little apparent fruit, yet we see not 
all. The Bead sown is the sr^d of life, and we do 
not know where all of it falls. Much of it may be 
as sped cast upon the water. After while, in 
God's own good time, it may strike good soil and 
produce a rich harvest. And when the gathering 
time comes, we may see sheaves coming in that 
will be of our own sowing, though we know it not. 
Let us always remember the beautiful and signifi- 
cant truth uttered by the Master, "The life was 
the light of the world." 



tu 



THE. OOSPBL MESSENGER. 




More peace, more gentlenei 

hristUn-Uke equality ; 

More power the world to IV 



DOES THE CHURCH OF THE LORD'S BUILDING 

STILL EXIST. AND WHERE IS IT TO 

BE FOUND 1 

BY B. F. MOOMAW. 



Number Three. 
7. Another characteristic of tbe church of 
Christ is the doctrine of peace, the highest glory 
that has ever dawned upon this world. It was so 
proclaimed by the angels announcing the adveut 
of our blessed Savior: " Glory to God in tbe high- 
est, peace on earth and good will to men." This 
principle was not only taught throughout the en- 
tire Sew Testament, but was practiced under all 
circumstances by the builders of this church. 
Tbe Master himself declared, " My kingdom is 
not of this world, else would my servants fight, 
but my kingdom is not from hence." "Follow 
peace with all men, for without peace and holi- 
ness of heart no man shall see the Lord." " If 
your enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give 
hiin drink. By so doing you will heap coals of 
fire on his head." "Avenge not yourselves of 
your adversaries, for vengeance belongs to me, 1 
will repay, saith the Lord." 

Again, non-conformity to the world is especial- 
ly enjoined by the apostles. Conformity tu the 
world we understand to mean superfluous adorn- 
ment of our bodies, the wearing of gold and costly 
array, following the ever-changing fashions and 
styles of society, and indulging in many other 
things.-such as trifling amusements, such as we 
may well know that holy men and godly women in 
the days of the Savior and the apostles did not 
participate in. In short, setting the heart inordi- 
nately on any creature, is idolatry and offensive to 
God, and can not be in harmony with his church. 
See Col. 3:5:Eph. 5:5. 

8. It is very common for churches to claim af- 
finity with the primitive church, and to try, in 
some way or other, to trace a line of apostolical 
succession. 

First in order are the Eoman Catholics, claim- 
ing an uninterrupted succession of Bishops who 
are supposed to have derived their authority from 
the apostles, and so communicated that authority 
to others in a line of succession, bot history ex- 
poses the fallacy of such pretensions. If history 
is true, the line was broken by the occupatiou of 
the holy see by a woman, — Pope Joan, who did 
not only dishonor her dignified position but fell, a 
disgrace to womanhood. 

Second, the Lutheran church does not claim 
apostolical connection, but of course claims to be 
orthodox, though only dating back to the begin- 
ning of the sixteenth century. 

Third, the Baptist church sometimes claims 



The first regular congregation of Euglish Bap- 
tists appears to have originated from certain En- 
glish Pntitans who returned from Holland after 
the death of their pastor,— Bev. John Smith — 
who died in 1610.— Masheim, Vol. 3, p. 472. 

Mr. Smith and his associates, Thomas Helwisse 
and John Morton, not satisfied with any of the 
churches around them, concluded that, in case of 
necessity, it was lawful to restore baptism among 
themselves. Accordingly Smith baptized Hel- 
wisse, and he in turn baptized Smith, who then 
baptized Morton and the rest. About twenty- 
nine years later the first Baptist church in the 
United States originated at Providence, Rhode 
Island. Roger Williams, and those with him, de- 
sired to form themselves into a church. To ob- 
tain a suitable administrator was a matter of con- 
sequence. At length the candidates for commun- 
ion appointed Ezekiel Holliman to baptize Mr. 
Williams, and he in turn baptized Mr. Holliman 
and the other ten. This can not be claimed to be 
apostolic succession, but of course they claim to 
be orthodox. 

Fourth, the Episcopal church in the United 
States dates back about one hundred years. In 
England it existed a*t an earlier day, but while it 
can not claim apoBtolic succession, it is orthodox, 
of course, as the rest. 

A sketch of the MethodiBt church we have had 
in a former part of this treatise, and all the 
churches named with all the different branches in 
their respective lines, with a few exceptions, pro- 
fess to take the sane literal attitude as to the fra- 
ternal relations spoken of by the good Methodist 
Bishop, but, like him, they have no sympathy 
with those who want them to give up their denom- 
inational peculiarities and, uniting with others, to 
bee « one church. Why not? If all are ortho- 
dox, why not become one church and work to- 
gether for the common cause? I can Bee no rea- 
why tl ey should not. But the question of 
their being orthodox is unsettled. Orthodox de- 
fined means, 

1. Sonnd in the Christian faith, believing the 
genuine doctrines taught in the ScriptureB. 



2. According with the doctrine of the Script- 



If lh»y are orthodox, they will "obey from the 
heart the form of doctrine delivered unto them." 
Are they in possession of evangelical faith so aB 
to respect the divine authority of God, or have 
they the idea that it is not necessary to be so 
particular? Have they exercised a genuine re- 
pentance and forsaken sin in all its forms, or are 
they still indulging in forbidden things? Have 
they been baptized by the apostolic form, — one 
baptism by trine immersion? Or have they been 
baptized by what they call baptism, performed by 
sprinkling or pouring, firBt instituted by St. Cy- 
prian, A. D. 232? Or have they been baptized by 
single immersion, instituted by the bitter foes to 
Christ's divinity, to suit their unitarian idea, in 
the fourth century, and with the backward action, 
unknown before the fifteenth century? Or do 
they acknowledge that trine immersion only is 
regular baptism, but substitute sprinkling or 
pouring as a compend in case of necessity, and do 
such cases really ever happen? 

After all this, do they keep the ordinances de- 
livered by Paul, the Lord's Supper, feet-washing, 
the communion of the bread and cup, with the 
Christian salutation of the apostolic kiss, or do 
they disregard these or any part of them and call 
them little non-essentials? Do they deny them- 
selves of the sinful pleasures and practices of the 
world, such as superfluous and sinful indulgence 
close connection or succession with the primitive in vanity and pride, and try to convert the world 
church, even with John the Baptist, and, of course, from these things, or are they, by their example 
claims to be orthodox. We will look a little into and indifference, converting the church to the 
the history of the origin of the church. | world? Are they using their influence and means 



to check and to counteract the dreadful sin of set- 
tling national diflioulties by the arbitrament of 
theswoi'd? Do they adjust personal difficulties 
by the civil law, or are they, by example and oth- 
er influences, encouraging these things, though 
contrary to the teaching of the Scriptures? 

The same may be said of the use and manufact- 
ure of alcoholic beverages. Are they doing what 
they can to arrest this monstrous evil, or is it oth- 
erwise? The church that answers to the affirma- 
tive side of the foregoing questions is unques- 
tionably orthodox, because it is in harmony with 
the apostolic fathers, and may be described as 
follows: 

As to the real church, the true members of it 
are such as are born again. They come out from 
the world. They openly profess love to Christ. 
James 2: 14, 26; Mark 8: 34. They walk in all 
the ordinances of the Lord blameless. Luke 1: 6. 
None but such are proper members. The end 
and object of a true church is the maintenance 
and exhibition of a system of sound principles. 2 
Tim. 1: 13; 1 Tim. 6:3-5; Heb. 2: 1. The support 
of the ordinances of Gospel worship in their puri- 
ty and simplicity. Rom. 15: 6. The promotion 
of holiness in all manner of conversation. Phil. 
1:27; 2: 15, 16, and 14: S. 

As to an uniuterrupted literal succession, it is a 
very precarious and uncomfortable foundation for 
Christian hope, there being so great darkness up- 
on many periods of ecclesiastical history. But a 
spiritual, Scriptural succession is possible, in fact, 
we have an account, in the history of the past 
apostolic ages, in different periods, of a people 
who " contended earnestly for the faith once de- 
livered to the saints." From the twelfth to the 
seventeenth century the Waldensian church pre- 
vailed, whose rules of practice are said to have 
been severely austere. They adopted as the mod- 
el of their moral discipline the sermon of Christ 
on the Mount, which they explained in its literal 
sense, and, together with the whole New Testa- 
ment, made it the rule of their faith and practice. 
Hence they were a church in the New Testament 

So also in other periods there were others "of 
like precious faith," and this impresses the mind 
of the true believer with the fact that the gates of 
hell have not prevailed against the church of the 
Master's building, and that we may be assured 
that there is a church to-day that, in its exempli- 
fications, settles the question of spiritual or 
Scriptural succession by approximately walking 
iu all the ordinances and commandments of the 
Builder of the church. This is all the succession 
that we really need. It is not necessary that we 
worry ourselves to find succession by following 
the line of ecclesiastical history, for whether we 
can or can not, find it on that line, when we make 
the comparison and see the uniformity, we know 
that we are right, and that the Lord is with us aB 
he promised. To illustrate. I go to a telegraph 
office on the Atlantic coast. I write a dispatch, 
directed to Liverpool. It goes upon the cable. I 
board a ship, sail for Europe, and go to the office. 
I learn of the safe delivery of my dispatch and 
examine it. It is not in my handwriting, but the 
sentiments and language are mine, and I know- 
that it is mine, — it passing on the cable and I in 
the vessel, notwithstanding. 

In conclusion I want to say that I became in- 
terested in this momentous subject from an ex- 
pression mnde by a brother, and that is the cause 
of this humble production: " It would take a mag- 
nifying glass of extraordinary powers to see a 
church in the New Testament sense." Our breth- 
ren of nearly two hundred years ago, I suppose, 
were under the same impression, and became 
deeply concerned, and associated together to study 
the divine code, taking it in its literal sense ( and 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER. 



no other is Bare). Their work, iiDder God's prov- 
idence, resulted in the organization of the church, 
which has, through all the period of the paBt, 
guarded with jealous care the sacred principles 
then espoused, so that they have been preserved 
with au accuracy superhuman as we view it. If 
we are mistaken, and the light is fading away, let 
us have a convention of faithful men and recon- 
struct the precious building. 

HOW SHALL THE WORK BE DONE? 

BY A. HUTCHISON. 

Number Two. 
Yes, we want our young brethren to be so con- 
nected with the work of the church, as to give 
each one something to do. We already have some 
things introduced which serve as a medium 
through which they can do considerable toward the 
advancement of the Lord's work, as far as means 
are concerned, but we need some medium through 
which the talents of our young members can be 
developed, and made to subserve the Lord's pur- 
pose in having the gospel preached to all nations. 
We need all the talents and means of the Broth- 
erhood to be brought to bear upon the burden 
which is to be borne, and to be used for the glory 
of God. For we are to "glorify God in our bod- 
ies and in our spirits which are his." 

Now, to my mind, there is a way that might be 
opened up through which many might be greatly 
helped on in the development of their faculties, 
and that is, by having a meeting each week, where 
a chapter or part of a chapter of Scripture would 
be read, and then let each one make such remarks 
as he might feel to make, and in this way the 
chapter may be pretty fully ventilated. Thus each 
one will be benefited by obtaining a better knowl- 
edge of the Scripture, and be the better prepared 
to obey the Scriptural requirement, — " Be ready 
always to give an answer to every man that asketh 
you a reason of the hope that is in yon." 1 Pet 
3:15. 

I know that Borne object to the term, "prayer- 
rneetiug." And yet I presume that if we were to 
have a meeting without prayer, it would be 
objected to equally as much. What we want is a 
reality, not a name. And that reality we want 
to be a meeting together of the members of the 
church (and others too, if they wish to learn) 
for singing, prayer and reading the Scriptures. 
Let the lesson be carefully studied, and then let 
each member have the liberty to offer a comment, 
and if my fellow-member presents my thought up- 
on the Scripture read, I need not relate it again, 
but develop some new feature of the subject, and 
in thiB way we mny help ourselves and others. 

Brethren, we know we send our children to 
school to have them become acquainted with 
the rudiments of numberB, and business, so 
that when they go out to meet the issues o£ busi- 
ness life, they will know something of the use 
of the tools which they are expected to handle- 
We do not expect them to be good mechanics 
until they have had sufficient time to develop the 
talent which they may possess. 

We often hear it said by our old brethren, that 
the future prosperity of the church is dependent 
upon the young members. Then I say again, We 
want some avenue opened up through which out- 
young members can be trained, so as to use the 
mediums by which we expect them to push on the 
Lord's work when we are here no more, and the 
■character of meeting referred to above, may be a 
great helper in giving them a deeper and clearer 
insight into the rich treasures which are to be dug 
up out of the Lord's mine. May we not hope that 
something will soon become more general, whioh 
can be used as a channel through whioh much good 



83 



may be done for the Lord's cause? There is a 
very considerable prejudice existing in B ome 
minds against anything outside of the regular 
church service, and it is a fact well known that 
the ministers are expected to conduct these meet- 
ings. What we want is a medium which will call 
into use the talents of our laymembers. Then 
we have them, in this way, somewhat prepared 
for the work which must necessarily fall upon 
them, whether prepared or not. We do not 
want what is sometimes called an "experience 
meeting," we want a Bible meeting, opened and 
closed in the regular manner, by singing and 
prayer. " Let all things be done unto edifying.'' 
Matt. 3: 1G says, " Then they that feared the Lord 
spake often one to another," etc. I think you get 
my idea of a necessity which exists, and also of 
the meeting which I suggest ns an auxiliary in 
the preparatory work. I want nothing only as it 
can be made to contribute to the Lord's work. 

BROTHERLY LOVE. 

BY C. F. WALKEH. 

The apostle speaks of love as originating with 
God and therefore coming from him (Uohn 4: 7), 
and the two great commandments enjoin upon 
man the duty to love God with all his heart, and 
to love his neighbor as himself. Matt. 22: 37-40. 
One evidence that we have passed from death 
unto life is because we love the Brethren. 1 John 
3: 14. But, on the other hand, the apostle says, 
" He that loveth not his brother abideth in death." 
Again, the same writer says, " If a man say, I 
love God, and hateth his brother, he iB a liar: for 
he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, 
how can he love God whom he hath not seen?" 
1 John 4: 20. Thus we see that it is impossible 
for one to love God and not love his brother. 
John says, that it is a command that we have 
from the Father, that he who loveth God, loves 
his brother also. 

Again, we sometimes refer to this Scripture as 
an evidence that we love our brethren. " By this 
we know that we love the children of God, when 
we love God, and keep his commandments." 1 
John 5: 2. 

I fear there are many who profess to keep the 
commandments of God who may be lost finally, 
because they do not love their brethren as they 
ought. I know of churches that are weak spirit- 
ually, who might be Btrong, and increasing in 
numbers, if there was that union between the 
members that should be. They go to meeting and 
talk and pray and sing, but at the same time they 
have hatred and envy in their hearts toward one 
another. I do not understand how such can en- 
tertain a hope of being saved while cherishing 
such a spirit. Paul says: " But as touching broth- 
erly love ye need not that I write unto you : for ye 
yourselves are taught of God to love one another." 
1 Thess. 4: 9; Heb. 13: 1; Bom. 12: 10; 1 Pet. 1: 
22; 2: 17; 3: S; 4: 8, and many others might also 
be mentioned. If we have envy and hatred in our 
hearts, God's Bpirit will not dwell there, and if we 
have not his spirit, we are not his children. 

Hatred and envy will manifest themselves in 
various ways, but the most common way will be 
in speakiug evil of others. This arises from a wrong 
Bpirit in our own hearts. When I hear people 
speaking about others, I know there is a wrong in 
themselves. No person who is keeping this sec- 
ond great commandment, — loving Mb neighbor sb 
himself, — can maliciously talk about another's 
faults, for if such are keeping that commandment, 
they will do unto others as they would that oth- 
ers should do to them, and, certainly, no one wants 
others to talk about him. Let each one examine 
himself and see to it that he keeps his own heart 
right, and, instead of looking at the faults of oth- 



ers and speaking of them, look for their good 
qualities and speak of those. 

Paul says: "Finally, brethren, whatsoever 
things are tine, whatsoever things are honest, 
whatsoever things are ju B t, whatsoever things are 
pure, whatsoever things ore lovely, whatsoever 
things arc of good report; if there beany virtue, 
and if there be any praise, think on these things." 
Phil. 4: 8. With many the most they are looking 
for in others is their bad qualities. How much 
better it would be for themselves and for their 
brethren, if they would follow out Christ's advice, 
— " A house divided against itself can not stand." 
When Christians contend, Satan comes in to take 
control. Too often has he succeeded in destroy- 
ing the peace and harmony of churches. What 
fierce controversy, what bitterness, what hatred, 
has a very little matter started I What hopes 
have been blasted, and how maDy families rent 
asunder by di B eord and contentions! How little 
professed Christians realize that Satan, in many 
instances, is urging them on, magnifying the 
faults of their brethren to keep contention alive! 
How little they realize the harm and reproach 
they are bringing upon the cause of Christ! 

Divisions in the church dishonor the religion of 
Christ before the world, and give occasion to the 
enemy of Truth to triumph in his success. There 
is a fearful responsibility resting upon those who 
lend their aid to help Satan in his work. The ad- 
versary is constantly seeking to cause distrust and 
malice among God's people. We are often tempt- 
ed to feel that our rights are invaded, when there 
is no real cauBe for such feeling. In union there 
is strength, but division brings darkness and 
death. 



LITERATURE. 



BY FANNY BIORROW. 



The meaning of the word literature, in a 
general sense, comprises the entire results of 
knowledge and fancy, preserved in writing. 
Taken in its widest signification it is usually 
divided into several distinct parts, according to 
periods, countries, or its different kinds. Thns 
we have the literature of the ancient world, of the 
middle ages, ami of modern times,— that of Greece, 
Rome, etc., prose and poetical literature and so 
on. The history of literature is a subject of vaBt 
extent and importance, demanding for its execu- 
tion a much greater fund of knowledge and criti- 
cal research, than is attainable by the writer of 
this essay. We find it would be much easier to 
trace out the history of the wars of any period of 
time, or the political history of any country, than 
to give the history of their literature. 

But as all history is literature, and shows the 
general phases of intellectual development, and of 
refinement and moral culture, we will briefly refer 
to the history of writing— or the art of forming 
letters and characters, on paper, wood, or stone, 
for the purpose of recording the ideas which the 
words and choracters express. 

Some traditions attribute the origin of writing 
to Seth, the Son of Adam; others to Enoch. It 
was most probably known in the antediluvian 
period. The remains of the Chaldean temple 
towers have inscriptions which show that the art 
of writing was known to that nation. Others con- 
sider the system of hierogliphics the most ancient. 
Writing is first mentioned in Ex. 17:14. "And 
the Lord said unto Moses, Write this for a me- 
morial in a be ok." 

In the earliest inscriptions which we possess, 
the forms of the letters scarcely differ from those 
in use at the present day. L. T. Townsend says, 
" Articulate speech, in the form of conversation 
or communication, is a universal and an exclusive 



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Feb. 5, 1880. 



characteristic ol liuo anitj ' No tribe, however 

snukeu or brutish, is destitnteof it, yet, by menus 
of it, uo order of broti s I owever marvelous their 
instincts, or complete their Burroundings, is able, 
strictly speaking, to converse. When therefore 
Homer characterized man us tire articulate animal, 
he stated what modem investigation is not dis- 
posed to question. If speed', then, lifts us up so 
plainly above the brute creation, does not the art 
of hi King and printing lift us still higher, and 
mirk the dividing line more certainly? Animals 
may have a natural language by which they seem 
to communicate their ideas, but we know of a 
certainly, they never attempted either writing or 
printing. 

Like many other of God's great blessings to 
man. the use of letters may be perverted to a bad 
purpose. Much has been written that might be 
compared to the tares which the enemy sowedin 
the night, and which came so near choking out 
the good seed of wheat. ^_ 

There are now published in the United States 
14,100 newspapers and periodicals of all classes, 
only about bOO of which aie religious or denomi- 
national. It becomes us to guard well our homeB 
against this pernicious enemy, by trying all 
ways and means to distribute, or use only that 
which is pure and good. One enc soraging feature, 
however, is, the Prohibitionists have 129 organs, 
while the liquor dealers have only eight. The State 
of Massachusetts has a record which is most noble 
in regard to literary attainments. One good feature 
is their law with regard to franchise,— that every 
citizen who votes mirst be able to read and write 
the English language. Would that every State in 
the Union had this law! 

Consider, for one moment, what the world 
would be without its literature! What would onr 
homes be without our books, onr papers, and the 
letters of our loved absent ones? Erasmus, the 
great scholar, said, "Books are tb> necessaries of 
life, clothes the luxuries" He often postponed 
buying the latter until he had obtained the for- 
mer. Wordsworth says, 

" Books, we know. 
,W .i ■ i,b. lanital \\< r\',. h >th pure and good: 
Round these, with tendrils strong as flesh aid blood, 
Our pastime and our h .ppiness will yr.Ms." 

Thank God for the gifts and pleasures of litera- 
ture! Above all, thank him for the best, the 
brightest nud loveliest gem of ail,— the Bible. 

GIEAHIKGS FEOH NO. 2. 



TbE editor opens this number with a sngges 
tive article, headed, "On this arc! the other side.' 
We /ft/ that the advice contained therein is th( 
best he could have given under the circumstances 
His views of the situation are natural and Script 
ural. Let those laugh to scorn such expression! 
of faith and hope, who a:e not believers in God'i 
coming judgments — we find much "joy and peaci 
ia believing" that there is a beautiful home 
" over there," and we sre willing to work to that 
end, and " wait till Jesus comes" A few short, 
fleeting years, and all who dwell beneath the sun 
cm truly say, "Life's woik is done" 

The " Sabbath in the Life of Jesus," presents an 
old, ftmiliar story in a pleasing guise. We 
thought we were nearer to our blessed Brother, 
as we lead tho£e wonderful transactions which so 
thrilled those people. Yet we see substantially 
the same things done under our own eyes. Men 
now teach disciplines, traditions and opinions, 
etc., just as the false teachers did then. We could 



the slrongesldeuominationsiu Virginia, publishes 
that " if we believe sprinkling to be baptism, it 
b comes baptism to us." What remains of the 
commauds of Jesus, if such views prevail? 

Men and women are healed now also, as they 
were then, but the world does not behold it, for 
want of faith. Instances are multiplied daily in 
our experience, wheredevils are caBt out. Recent- 
ly, during aseivice of meetings, a young man was 
converted, and the same hour of the night he 
went some distance to the home of an enemy, and 
oalled him from his bed, and made two friends of 
two enemies. Yon see when Jesus came in, the 
devil of hate went out. 

A siid little poem begius page eighteen. Was 
the author or authoress one of those, who know not 
the glory that illumines the grave of tho60 " who 
sleep in Jesus," of that number who have imbibed 
the gloomy doctrine that "life iB a narrow vale 
betwixt the cold and barren peaks of two eter- 
nities"? Ah, brother, sister, for the joy of the 
beautiful heme of which death iB door-keeper, we 
bewail not the loss of the transient pleasures and 
loving friends of this sad world. 

Sister Erbaugh comes next with retrospective 
aud prospective views. One thought of hers was 
especially pleasing. She would have us daily, 
instead of yearly, consider and reconsider. Yob, 
yes, the mariner, among the breakers and uncer- 
tain latitudes, takes his soundings and reckonings 
very frequently, and, likewise, we should daily re- 
view our course, and see how we are tending, and 
tee that we are tending right. A prayerful read- 
ing of her "piece " will do us all good. Thanks, 
sister Sarah! 

Bro. J. H Mooie comes up from the land of 
flowers with what he thinks about "Trine Imme 
sin:,." As usual there are golden nuggets in h 
article. Yes, Bio Moore, they all know that trine 
immersion is valid, bat they think that sprinkling, 
pouring, and single backward immersion will do 
too. Well, as we ere to be judged by the Word, 
and not by our thoughts, I join Bro. Moore in 
urging that we sin k to the mode that haB the 
most general approval, aud New Testament sanc- 
tion. It is evident that Jesus did not institute 
more than one mode, and as trine immersion is 
the only mode that is, by almost universal consent, 
valid, and the only mode in perfect accord with 
the great commission, and the only mode that 
corresponds to the figures that represent baptism, 
we do well to adhere to and teach it. Read his 
concluding paragraph again, friends, and be con- 
vinced. 

Bro. Enoch Eby brings out that complicated 
and knotty subject of " Elders Rnling." What he 
says in the first paragraph about the necessity of 
government, is as " true as preaching." His figure 
of the 6hip, and the locomotive, and the steers- 
man, and the engineer, may be considered defec- 
tive by those who regard the elder as the creature 
and the servant of the church, and who regard 
the church as an aggregate of living, sentient 
beings, in whom is vested all power in heaven and 
earth, under Christ, so far as the welfare of 
souls are concerned. Those who look on the Bye- 
tern of church government as taught in the Now 
Testament, as combining the elements of theoi 
cy, monarchy aud democracy, — that is, a govern- 
ment of God, by the church, through her officers, 
— may regard his characterization as smnekiug of 
the papal ideal, — an unmixed episcopacy. The 
desire to govern others is a perfectly natural one, 
and grows without special cultivation, and it may 
do us all good to remember that "those govern 
best who govern least." 

His proposition in the fourth paragraph, which 



fill pages of the mushiest stuff that is palmed off asks that a traveling elder or preacher be arraign- 
on the people as the will of God. One example ed and tried in any congregation with which he 
will suffice. A distinguished teacher of one of I may be temporarily sojourning, for an offense 



against the order, will Btrike some, because of its 
lovelty and impracticability. In the first place; 
if the idea should materialize in the form of a 
mandatory decision, it should embrace all offenders 
against every recognized principle of the church. 
Why confine it to an offense against our church 
polity, and that subject to times and seasons, and 
therefore not vital? There will be found, in 
carrying the proposition into practice, insupera- 
ble obstacles which will render that method of in- 
flicting discipline cumbersome and unjust. 

In the first place, according to the recognized 
law and practice of our church, and sanctioned by 
apostolic teaching aud practice, no power can ex- 
pel a member of the church, except the congrega- 
tion with which he holds his membership, and, 
per consequence, none other has the right to try 
him. The most they can do is to tabulate the 
charges, and, having them duly attested, send 
them to his congregation, and if the congregation 
will not take cognizauce of them, they come under 
the jurisdiction of the "adjoining elders." 

Secondly, we would not have the pow r er to de- 
tain an offender till the church could be called to- 
gether, unless we would assume an attitude to- 
ward him, that would be a travesty on justice and 
brotherly-kindness. Mauy will think that the 
just, and tried, and true method of dealing with 
recreant members, that has prevailed in our 
church since its foundation, by their own congre- 
gation, will not be improved by the new idea. 

" Europe and Bible Lands," next passes before 
the camera in B. F. Moomaw's handB, and he 
pays that most worthy book of travels a well- 
deserved compliment. As Bro. Moomaw says, 
" The historic 6cenes and places that have render- 
ed Palestine immortal, so to speak, under the 
agio touch of Bro. Miller's facile peu, seems 
ore of the earth aud time, than ever before." 
It does us all good to read the thrilling history, 
as it is related in Bro. Miller's book, and 
Bro. Moomaw gives voice to the sentiment of 
thousands when he says, "All this is calculated 
to strengthen our faith, and encourage us in our 
Christian work." 

On thesubjectof " Uniformity in theobservance 
of Church Ordinances," Bro. Lewis Teeter "stirs 
up our minds," and shows us conclusively that the 
double mode of feet washing is not the best way to 
perform the Savior's command "to wash one 
another's feet." The church is coming up to the 
full measure of her mission, by adopting the single 
mode as the only one that is perfect in every ma- 
terial respect. We may wonder that the plainness 
and simplicity of that mode, as Bro. T. so forcibly 
and lucidly shows, did not commend itself to our 
old brethren. It is an evidence of our finiteness, 
however, and should make us more forbearing to- 
ward our brethren, who may differ from us in 
other matters. 

" Correspondence " opens the next column, — 
those little, winged messengers of love that tell us 
what the shepherds, the sheep and the lambs are 
saying and doing. 

In them we realize " how sweet to our souls is 
the communion of saints." Bro. E. Miller tells 
of Spring Creek, Indiana, and 1 tarn over 
and involuntary ask, What has genial Bro. 
Harrison to tell us? " In Memoriam." Ah yes! 
"One by one" we are gathering home." One 
correspondent tells of those joining the church 
militant, another of those who are going to the 
church triumphant. Lights aud shadows, like 
the clouds aud suuBhine, chase each other over 
the landscape. When I was a lad I used to watch 
the cloud shadows, as they chased each other 
over the hills and valleys, and up the mountain 
slopes, so now graver spectres fill the mental 
vision, and as the shadows of departing souls flit 



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past us, we look up and catch beautiful views of 
things within the veil. 

From West Virginia we hear of Bro. MeCann. 
Bro. Fessler, of Colorado, tells the church 
that the Lord's ark is moving where once the 
wild Indian and wild coyote roamed at will over 
the Great American Desert. Bro. T. Brower, of 
Iowa, gives us laggards of Virginia a specimen of 
what the laggards of Iowa could do if they would. 
Only two mission point* in a large State District, 
does not guarantee the encominm tint Christ be- 
stowed on Mary, the lowly worn in, who "did 
what she could." 

Sisters Lizzie Riger's -and Kebacca Wampler's 
letters tell what the reapers are doing in the 
harvest fields of Iowa and Viriginia. • 

J. H. Miller on the Northern lakes, and J. C. 
Lahman on the waters of the Chesapeake are 
doing service for the blessed Master, and we bid 
them "God-speed." 

Bro. Snavely warns us of a wolf that crept into 
the fold in Nebraska. Amen to your malediction, 
Bro. Snavely. May God do so to him aud more 
also, "heaped up, pressed down and running 
over." 

West Virginia returns with Bro. Fike, and 
Indiana is pushing to the front. So Bro. Rush 
says. Illinois and Kansas do not wish to be for- 
gotten in the struggle, to lay up treasures in 



J. T. Myers' " Jottings from New Jersey," are 
interesting. Those Eastern Brethren have not 
kept psee in church and evangelistic work with 
their Southern aud Western colleagues, if we 
judge by the printed records. We love them 
though more, because Bro. Myers has told us 
of their struggles and trials. "A fellow feeling 
makes us wondrous kind." God bless you with 
grace and good cheer, brothers and sisters of New 
Jersey. 

" Some Messages " by dear sister Wood will 
remind some that one command "owe no man, 
(or woman either) anything," has been neglected. 
Psy your just debts, brethren, or prepare to take 
a back seat when the Bridegroom comes. Oregi 
and Kansas, and Michigan, present their several 
quotas to this interesting department. 

Page 21 contains a collection of gems as varie- 
gated and beautiful as the changing combina- 
tions of a kaleidoscope. 

Page 25 sets foith in profound emphasis, "The 
Church's Need." Our heart burns within us 
we read what the editor says about the work of 
the church, regarding the conversion of sinners, 
and we pray our Heavenly Father to impress those 
suggestions and thoughts deeply on our hearts, 
and that we may measure up to our full respon- 
sibility in carrying out the last great commission. 

Leaves from the Note Book of Bro. J. B. B. 
contains some pebbles from the brook that may 
bring down some Goliath, if slung by faith. 
Shoot your arrows at a venture, Bro. B. ; per- 
haps some of God's enemies may be hit between 
the joints of their harness. A perfect fusilade 
of " Notes form "Correspondents" follows, which 
all go to show that the camp cf the saints is astir 
with energy and life. So mote it ever be! 

Pages 27, 2S, and 29 contain the precious 
burden of tidings from the churches, North, 
South, East, and West The glorious news of 
God's loving grace is being preached, and believed, 
and practiced. 

The "little lambs" of the fold of Jesus will 
read with joy the letter of sister Bettie Oliver, of 
Lunenburg, A' a., and many a converted heart will 
thrill responsive to the expressions of happiness 
that our little Bister so beautifully writes. Can 
you not come, wayward brother, Bister, you who 
are wandering among the wolves of sin, and par- 
take with her of the joy of the forgiveness of sin 1 



Altogether No. 2 of Gospel Messenger is brim- 
ful of interesting matter, aud worthy of preserva- 
tion and re-reading. 

By the way, did you all notice that the editors 
have abounded more and more in their successful 
efforts to give us a paper, which, for size and 
quality of paper, and the mental, moral and spir- 
itual food with which it is filled, has not b tu ex- 
ceeded by nnything yet given to the church? Let 
the agents now push forward the work of canvass- 
ing for subscribers, till a list is procured com- 
mensurate with the transcendent merits of cur 
only church psperl Then let the editors ahow a 
proper regard for the views of all those who 
are entitled to respect and recognition, and peace 
and prosperity will not only prevail iu the 
interests of the Gospel Messenger, but through- 
out all the borders oE our Brotherhood. In the 
criticims and examination of all questions of 
church polity, as well as of doctrine and practice, 
a reasonable interchange of opiuion is demanded 
by justice and brotherly-kindness, and the sup- 
pression of such a free expression is irritating, and 
productive of grave results. No person or persons 
should arrogate to themselves the right to the cen- 
sorship of our only church paper. 



COVETOTJSNESS. 



Ill- -IACOJI REINER. 



The sin of covetousness, which is idolatry, has 
always been the bane of society, and a curse to a 
great many individuals. Weaith is either a great 
blessing or a eurae to the individual. This de- 
wholly upon the way it is gained, the re- 



id the use there is 
his wealth honestly, 
i the Heavenly Fatb- 
good of himself, his 
then it becomes an 



gard in which it is held, a 
made of it. If a mau obtain 
and regards it as a loan froi 
er, and distributes it to the 
family aud those around hiu 
instrument in his hands for good, but if he ob- 
tains it by methods of doubtful character, regards 
it as the result of his own labor, and clings to it 
for his own sake, and not for the purpose of help- 
ing those who are iu destitute circumstances, then 
the true aim of life is entirely lost eight of. 

While there is no sin that dwarfs the soul into 
littleness as does covetousness, there is also none 
more deceptive. The drunkard often, after his 
brain has been maddened by partaking of the in- 
toxicating cup, realizes that he iB on the road to 
ruin, but the covetous, wealthy mau is utterly in- 
sensible as to the course he is pursuing, aud hard- 
ly realizes the awful denunciation awaiting him. 

After reading Solomon's experience with the 
riches of this world, we conclude that thpre was 
nothing in them to draw men nearer to God, or 
make them wiser. Why, then, do men, in this 
enlightened age, hoard up treasures that will 
corrupt the soul, deprive them of the blessiogB of 
this life, and finally land them in destruction! 

Wealth should not be the end, bub rather the 
means of getting good and doing good. Let us 
not idle away life's golden opportunities, at la^t 
to exclaim iu bitter wail, " The liarvest is pnat, 
the summer iB ended, and I am not saved! " 

Primrose, O. M ^_ 

COMMANDMENTS. 

BY ELORIDA ETTER. 

How can we find out the commaudmonts of 
God? Can we by reading the secular paper, or 
novels? It seems that some think so, or they do 
not care to know otherwise. The time will come, 
however, when they would like to know aud obey 
them. The commandments are found nowhere 
except in the New Testament, where they are writ- 
ten so plain that even a little child, thai has any 



understanding, cau comprehend the meaniog 
thereof. 

There are so mauy commandments that are not 
obeyed. When I see p-ople who try to be the 
children of God, and will not obey allot the com- 
mandments, I hardly know what opinion to form 
of them. Just read James 2: 10 and see what it 
says, and you can be fully convinced what will be 
the destiny of the disobedient. How seldom do 
we ever hear John 13 spokan of by the different 
denominations! 

Cartersvitte, Va. 

WATCHFULNESS. 

BY MARY E. BROOKS. 

Onii Savior says, " Watch aud pray le 6 t you en- 
ter iuto temptation." Fellow-christiaus are we 
watchiug ourselves, or are we watching others? 
Are we watching our tongue? that they Bpeak not 
evil of some one? Are we watching our eyes that 
they look not on some evil things? Above ail, 
are we watching our hearts, that there are no evil 



thii 



;ther, 



There is quite a differentia between the watch- 
ing of ourselvf s and that of others. When we watch 
ourselves, and see anything amiss in us, we are 
not apt to say anything abiut it, but if we sea 
anything that is not right iu a brother or sister, 
how soon we will talk about them! 

We all know the nature of a guard or watch. 
In time of war, when the great armies are en- 
camped, there is always a guard or watch placed 
arouud them in order that no enemy may approach 
them. So let us set a watch over the members of 
our holies and if we are so eugaged in the watch- 
ing of ourselves, we will not find so much time to 
watch others. 

The Psalmist says, "Sat a watch, O Lud, be- 
fore my mouth: keep the door of my lips." This, 
fellow-Christians, ought to ba our daily prayer! 
How ofteu troubles might be avoided which orig- 
inate because some oua did nit set a watch bafore 
his uiouth! The apostle Paul says, "Let us 
watch aud lie sober." Let us not become drunken 
uith the csres, pleasures aud riches of the world! 
We are all aware that if we drink strong driuk 
aud bt c juie drunken, we are not capable of watch- 
ing. If we are driuking in the evil influences 
which coutiuualty surround us, we will become 
drunken, — morally drunken. 

Let us watch and bs 8" >er, having on ilia breast- 
plate of faieh aud love. Again Pail says, " Watch 
ye. staa i fast in the frith." Then we see wstcu- 
ing is nece-sssay, s ) we staud fast in the faith, the 
t'aith that was ouce delivered unto the saints. It 
takes watching to do this. If we are not contin- 
ually v.,i cuing, the teuiptar will say to us, "You 
need not be so particular; hoard up your riches; 
you need not give much to the poor; you need not 
give much to the missionary cause; you need not 
give much towards building houses of worship iu 
cities and towns. It is u > us j : the p> iple are so 
wicked they will not g> to meeting anyhow, etc." 
Let us watch! 

Therefore, disciples of Christ, because of the 
tempter, be firm, immovable, always abounding iu 
the work if the Lord! Continue iu prayer and waich 
in the same with thanksgiving, iuet us all walk 
humbly before the Lord, with all meekuess aad 
fear, aud never become weary in well doing The 
Savior said unto his disciples, "What I si/ unto 
yon, 1 say unto ail, Watch." 
&dem, Xcbr. 

"Never put much oonfiil inoe in Buoli as put no 

confidence iu others. A man prune to suspect 
evil is most likely looking for iu his neighbor 
what he sets in himself." 



THE. GOSPBL MESSENGER. 



HELPING ONE ANOTHER. 

KY SALOME A. STONER. 

Number Two. 
» Bear yc one another's burdens and so fulfill the law til 
Christ."— Gal 6: 3. 

IN our last we tried to ebow tbat it woul I .he 
right for some help to be given the brethren and 
sisters of Dayton, (Jinn, in order that they might 
have a place of worship. In this we shall try to 
show the duty of rendeiingtbe necessary ass-iot- 
enee, also, how and by whom it should be done. 

As Christians we believe that God rules tbe 
world; and tbat he does it in the way best calcu- 
lated to promote his cause. In his providence it 
seems tit that the members in Dayton should be 
embarrassed by a debt which they are unable to 
pay. His purpose in this we know not but it 
must be for the good of his children. Soine may 
suggest that the persons needed a lesson of hu- 
miliation. If tbat shonld be the purpose, it "doe-s 
not become us to utter a vaunting word. In Rom. 
15: 1, 2, Paul says, "We then, tbat are strong. 
ought to bear the infirmities of the weak and nut 
to please ourselves. Let every one of us please 
his neigborl'or his good to edification." 

It can not be tl at God wishes to end their ex- 
istence or crush their faith in him, for, in John 
6: 37, .TesuB says, "Him that cometh to me I will 
in no wise cast out." God sometimes sends afflic- 
tions to either establish or renew sympathy and 
love between individuals and families. This may 
be his purpose in this case. 

People of the world mate a difference between 
the dwellers of the town and those of the country; 
and Christians have a tendency to follow the ex- 
ample. It is contrary to Bible teaching, however. 
Jesus taught both in town and country; a"nd his 
Word says, " Whosoever will, let him come," 
which we believe means till, without distinction 
of race, sex or dwelling-place. 

In the parable of the Good Samaritan. Jesus 
teaches tbat the needy one near us 's the "neigh- 
bor " whom we Bhould " love," not the one who is a 
hundred miles beycnd our reach and knowledge. 

By the divine institution of the family, the 
Lord teaches that it is those nearest us, whom we 
should love most, and to whom, after the Master, 
we owe first duties. To tbe congregations about 
Dajton, therefore, we would naturally look to be- 
come the burden-bearers. They are the nearest 
friends and should be the beet friends. Other 
congregations could help, but the best re- 
sults mu6t come from the help of those living 
near. Other things being equal, we love him 
best who places us under the greatest obligation 
to him. 

In Montgomery county, Ohio, live many Breth- 
ren who, I am Bure, want themselves, and all with 
which God has blessed them, consecrated to his 
service; and, if properly approached, would be not 
only willing but also glad to give of their tempor- 
al wealth to sustain and increase the spiritual 
wealth of their city Brethren. 

As a method of securing funds, I would sug- 
gest the following: Let some earnest brother or 
sister,— one who haa not much money, but much 
time for the Master's service, would probably be 
suitable— prepare and present a set of papers, 
upon which to receive names as pledges, to pay 
when the lists are full. L'pon the first paper each 
Bigner subscribes himself as one of forty who will 
pay $25 (or it may be twenty names and 850). 
Upon the second, one of thirty to pay $5. Upon 
the third, one of fifty to pay 81. Let tbe country be 
well cauvassed, presenting tbe last paper to thesis- 
tera particularly. Take no money until the forty 
(or twenty;, thirty and fifty names are secured. 



OUR DIALOGUE. 



Number Six. 

Friend. — Since we last talked together on re- 
ligious Bubjects, I have attended a meeting where 
one of your brethren preached, and I have some 
objections to offer to bis preaching. 

Brother. — Why didn't you go to bim and tell 
him to his face what was wrong according to your 
mind, and then call on him for an explanation? 
This would have been the right way; but since you 
have failed to do so, you may tell me what you 
have against him, and we will try to look after 
it. What was it? 

F.— Well, he condemned every denomination 
except his own, and I don't believe in that. It 
does more harm than good. 

B. — Indeed, I am sorry to hear that such is the 
case with any of my brethren. No minister has 
the power to do that. The Gospel is either a 
power to save, or a power to condemn, and all the 
minister has to do ib to "Preach the Word" — the 
everlasting Gospel. If it gives me a blow through 
the preacher's mouth, I should not become offended. 
But will you please tell me what he said that 
caused this offense? 

F. — I don't juBt remember how he brought it 
out, but he might just as well have said that every 
church would be condemned, save his own— that 
should be saved. And I don't believe in such 
preachiug. 

i>\— Neither do I; but are you sure he preached 
just in that way. Now be positive about it. Did 
he really say what you have just now stated? 

F.— Well,— I— I— I— Let me see. No, I can't 
spy that he just said that exactly, but he preached 
so much about " doing the commandmeids" and 
those things, too, which he knew were not con- 
sidered by some present as being among the es- 
sentialities of the Christian religion. I'm satis- 
fied bis preaching hurt the feelings of some good 
people there, who were members of other per- 
suasions, that don't believe in observing all the 
commands that you observe, and that you find in 
the Gospel. 

B. — Did he preach anything that was not in the 
Bible? 

F. — No, I can't say he did ; but I know of one 
man that was present who Baid, " I will never go 
to hear that man preach again." And he is a 
man that stands well, too. 

B. — Well, for what reason? 

F. — Why, you know this man did not believe 
in baptism by immersion, and the preacher proved 
that immersion was the Bible mode of baptism. 
And then he preached so plain on all the com- 
mands. 

B. — But did he preach any plainer than the 
commands themselves? 

F. — No, but you see those people who differ 
from you on these things, feel bad when you 
preach bo plainly. 

B. — I now see you have fallen into an error 
with thousands of others in regard to thiB matter 
that the people call " plain preaching." I fear 
this is too often a false charge. Can the Gospel 
of Jesus Christ be preached in too plain a man- 
ner ? Paul used " great plainness of speech." " If 
the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who can 
prepare for battle?" Whenever we seek to please 
men, we fail to please God. Paul shunned not 
declare tbe " whole counsel of God," regardless of 
pleasing man. How can that minister be justi- 
fied in the sight of God, and keep back a part of 
the Gospel for fear of man? Do you not see that 
you have falsely accused that poor minister, who 
tried to present you the truth as it is in Christ 
Jesus— allthe truth — and nothing but tbe truth? 
You Baid he preached nothing but what was in the 



Bible, and yet it was too plain, aud yet you con- 
fess it was no plainer than the commauds them- 
selves. Don't you see you have been in an error? 

F. — I now see that I was too fast. But I could 
not help feeling bad when I knew that your doc- 
trine was contrary to the profession of so many 
good-thinking people. 

B. — That matters not, provided it- is the Bible 
doctrine, anl whenever it conflicts with the 
teachingsof the Bible, then it is your duty to show 
us wherein we have erred. 

F. — I am now williugto drop that accusation, for 
I see I was wrong. But I came aoroBs a man that 
said you could not substantiate a trine action in 
baptiBin, He comes with his Scripture, too. You 
had convinced me on that point before, but when 
he put his Scripture to me, I could not see how it 
could be a trine action. 

B. — Let ub have the passage. 

F. — " One Lord, one faith, one baptism." 
How are you going to get a tiine action here, 
when it says one baptism? 

B. — That is quite easy to answer. One baptism 
for all, Jew and Gentile. But I will make this 
still plainer. Please answer my questions. 

F. — I will be glad to do so. 

B. — Is it, proper to say li Lord" with reference 
to the Father/ 

F.—O yes. 

B. — Is it proper to say "Lord" with reference 
to the Son? 

F.—O yes. 

B. — Well, is it proper to say " Lord " with refer- 
ence to the Holy Spirit? 

F. — It matters not how I answer your third 
query, I see your position, and it is tenable. I 
have already made two Lords from " One Lord,'' 
why not make three immersions from " one bap- 
tism? " 

B. — I need not proceed any further on this sub- 
ject. Our time is up again. If we meet again, 
I will be pleased to resume our conversation. 
"Till I come, give attendance to reading." 1 
Tim. 4: 13. 

( To be. Continued. ) 

LITTLE SINS. 

BY THOS. O'HEItOK. 

It is a solemn thought this, of tbe steady con- 
tinuous aggravation of sin in the individual charac- 
ter. Surely, nothing can be small which goes to 
make up that rapidly growing total. Beware of 
the little beginnings which " eat as doth a canker." 
Beware of the slightest deflection from the 
straight line of right. If there be two lines, — 
one straight and the other going off at the sharp- 
ie, you have only to pursue both far 
and there will be room between them for 
all the space that separates hell fiom heaven! 
Beware of lading your souls with the weight of 
small, single sins. We heap upon ourselves by 
bIow, steady accretion, through a life-time, the 
ght, that, though it is gathered by graius, 
crushes the soul. There is nothing heavier than 
sand. You may lift it by particles. It drifts in 
atoms, but heaped upon a man it will break his 
bones, and blown over the land it buiies pyramid 
and sphinx, the temples of gods and the homes 
of men beneath its barren, Bolid waves. 

The leprosy gnaws the fiesh off a innn's bones, 

d joints and limbs drop off,— he is a living 
death. So it is with every soul that is under the 
dominion of these lying desires,— it is slowly rot- 
ting away piece-meal, " waxing corrupt according 
to the lusts of deceit." 

Take the stoutest chain,— how easy it is made 
useless by the breaking of one single link! So 
it is with many people. They are so apt to over- 



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look the small sins. They think these little 
failings to be of no significance and, before they 
are awnre of it, they find themselves drifting so 
far away, that to return is almost impossible. 

Beware of little sins, for they are the start of 
greater ones! "The tongue is a little member 
and boasteth great things. Behold how great a 
matter a little fire kindleth! " James 3: 5. 

CORRESPONDENCE. 



A Trip to the Panhandle of Texas. 

Having, in company with my daughter Mary, 
just returned from a trip through the Panhandle 
of Texas, aid thinking that perhaps some of 
brethren might be interested in that section of 
country, I write the following: 

We left Oerro Gordo, Ills, Nov. Uth, 'K8, and 
reached McPherson, Kansas, next morning. Here 
we remained four days, and, among other places 
of interest, we visited none that gave us greater 
pleasure than the Brethren's College. We pre- 
dict for that institution a brilliant future, as, from 
observation and representations made, it appears 
to be placed on a firm foundation. 

O what a grand sight we looked upon! It did 
my heart good to see so many of our young breth- 
ren and sisters, and members' children, availing 
themselves of the opportunity there afforded for 
mental and spiritual culture. We left McPherson 
quite reluctantly; however with a feeling of as- 
surance that the College and Sunday-school are 
in the hands of earnest and efficient Christian 
workers. 

We stopped with Eld. Fjby, and others, ' at 
Hutchinson, several days, enjoying a few meet- 
ings with the Brethren, and next found ourselves 
at Wellington, Kans., where we enjoyed the com- 
forts, association and renewal of acquaintance 
with Bro. Chas. S. Miller and family, formerly 
from Cerro Gordo. 

Leaving Wellington we passed through the 
Indian Nation, observing that while some parts 
of the country are smooth, fine and arable, other- 
parts are rough, broken and untillable. We reached 
Higgins, Texas, Nov. 15th, in the evening. We 
left by private conveyance on the 16th, and drove 
to Lipscomb, a distance of twenty miles, reaching 
the home of Eld. W. Wylaud who is in charge of 
the Lipscomb church. At a communion service 
on the 17th, seven members communed. A good 
congregation was present, and much 
manifested. We continued the meeting! 
the evening of the 22nd. 

In company with brother and sister Wyland we 
started, on the 23rd, by private conveyance, to 
Farwell, the home of Eld. John Wise,— a distance 
of seventy-five miles, stopping at Ochiltree over 
night. We reached the comfortable home of Bro. 
Wise about sundown on Friday. In Farwell the 
Brethren have a meeting-house nearing comple- 
tion. We held services in a hotel parlor on Satur- 
day evening, Sunday morning and evening. There 
were fair congregations and good attention, and 
considerable interest was manifested. 

On Monday, returning to Ochiltree, we held a 
meeting in the evening, and the next evening we 
reached the pleasant home of Bro. Wylaud again. 
From there we returned to the railroad at Hig- 
gins on Wednesday. The country between Lips- 
comb and Higgins we did not like so well, but 
there is a fine-appearing oountry around Oohil- 



would seem that people who are willing to under 
go some hardships, such as are incident to settler* 
ght do well in trying to get i 



interest 
closing 



ot a new countr 

home of their own there. 

There are good prospects of building up churches 
at the following places: Lipscomb, 'Pimm City, 
Ochiltree, Farwell and Coldwater. Brethren who' 
want further information how to obtain cheap 
homes can address Eld. WiSe and Eld. Wyland, 
or the Postmasters at any of the other places. 
We would advise any one who thinks of making 
his home out there, to go and see the country 
first, and judge for himself. 

Homeward bound we stopped at Conway Springs 
(the Kansas home of Eld. John Wise), four days, 
and held some meetings. We found the church 
in good working order, with an interesting Sun- 
day-school. 

On our way to Crawford Co., we stopped at 
Wellington and visited all the members in town. 
In Crawford county we staid about four days in 
the Osage church, near Monmouth, and visited 
with many of our old acquaintances. We wor- 
shiped with them frequently, and baptized three 
of the Brethren's children. This church is under 
the care of Eld. Martin Neher, and has a good, 
active and peaceable membership. Their Sunday- 
school is well attended and quite interesting. 

From this point we left direct for Cerro Gordo, 
and reached our home without accident or in- 
convenience,— finding all well on our arrival. 
Thank the Lord, 

We wish yet to say that, in all the churches 
visited, prosperous Sunday-schools are maintained, 
which we have come to recognize as the nursery 
of the church. 

We also desire to express our gratitude to all 
the dear members where we visited, for the kind, 
affectionate and hospitable manner in which we 
were received aud entertained. May the Lord 
bless them all, is our prayer! John Metzger. 



From Oretown, Tillamook Co., Ore. 

Dear Friends : — 

I CALL you friends because I think yon are 
such, after reading five copies of the Gospel Mes- 
senger, which I received at this Mission, now in 
its incipient stage. I think the paper is unique. 
Being well printed in large type, it is well suited 
to old and young. The subjects throughout are 
well-written pioductious, from living Christians, 
who labor in word aDd doctrine. As soon as I 
saw the paper, I liked its make-up. I am not, at 
present, able to Bend you any money for paper or 
books, but I admire some of the titles, such as 
" Europe and Bible Lands," " Two Sticks," etc. I 
am a Bible student, both by practice and profes- 
sion, and it has always been my practice to pray 
to the Lord Jeeu6 Christ that I might become ac- 
quainted with all the facts and precepts included 
in the doctrine of the New Testament, for I am 
never too old to learn. My wife, too, thinks 
may learn more and more of the perfect way, and 
we pray you, and all the dear brethren, to pray 
for us, in this far-off land, that we may have all 
the auxiliaries to a more perfect life in this new 
land. As yet Paul's letter still points to the land 
of promise, " Eye hath not seen, ear hath not 
heard; neither hath it entered into the heart of 
man (to conceive) the things that God hath pre- 
pared for them that love him." 

Jerome B. Franklin. 

From the Verdigris Church, Kans. 



Deo. 23 Bro. Sidney Hodgdeu came to our pi: 
and commenced a series of meetings, which he 



ed in a clear and comprehensive manner, and, as 
au immediate result, three made the good confes- 
sion and were buried with Christ in baptism, to 
walk in newness of life. Many others are near 
the kingdom, and we do hope they will soon se- 
cure that good part that shall never 1w taken 
away from them. Our meetings throughout were 
very pleasant and instructive. The church was 
much revived and built np. 

Bro. Jesse Studebaker, of Mont Ida, Anderson 
Co., also preached for us nearly a week, with the 
very bsst of interest. There were no accessions 
to the church, but we think there will be an in- 
gathering at that point before long. 

We are, at this writing, engaged in a very 
pleasant meeting. Bro. John Thomas, of Iowa, is 
preaching for us. He is an able expounder of the 
Word, but of late has lost his voice, so that it 
goes bard with him to preach. He is improving 
some, and our prayer is that God will so restore 
him that he may yet ^do much for the Master's 
cause. We have many calls that we can not fill, 
and we greatly desire that some earnest and faith- 
ful minister would move into our congregation, 
and help us in this all-iinportant work. The har- 
vest, truly, is great, but the laborers are few. In 
the last year there have been thirty-six received 
by baptism, and several by letter. We feel grate- 
ful to God for the mercies and blessings he has 
bestowed upon us. Brethren, remember us at a 
throne of grace! D. W. Stouder. 

From Bethlehem Church, Franklin Co., Va. 

Eld. J. W. Eller came to us in the Maggndee 
congregations, and preached twenty-five sermons. 
Our aged brother, Isaac Naff, of Illinois, preached 
three sermeus during the time. The weather was„ 
good most of the time, and the attendance and in- 
terest were excellent. Brethren Eller and Naff 
handled the Word with zeal and power, and the 
members all seemed to have-a zeal for the good 
work. 

About the time the meetings closed at Bethle- 
hem, Dec. 30,— there was a request for some meet- 
ings at the Black Creek church, in the same con- 
gregation, about ten miles from Bethlehem. As 
Bro. Eller could not stay any longer, the home 
minister, assisted by old Bro. Naff commenced 
meeting Jan. (i, and preached sixteen sermons. 
The attendance and interest were very good. We 
closed Jan. 17 with a crowded house. As a result 
we had thirty-six accessions to the church, twenty- 
four at Bethlehem, four on Maggodee Creek, two 
at Antioch church, and six at Black Creek. A 
number of others said they would come soon. 
May God have the glory, and give us all grace 
sufficient for our day aud trial, is our prayer! 
Daniel Peters. 

From Iowa River Church, Iowa. 

Dec 22 Bro. W. C. Teeter, of Sidney, Nebr., 
came among us. He held forth the Word, in pow- 
er and demonstration of the Spirit, until Jan. 6. 
At the commencement of these meetings the con- 
gregations were small, but they increased until 
our large church would hardly hold the people. 
During this time we held tivo children's meetings, 
— something new to us. The little folks 6eeined 
to enjoy themselves, and we believe much good 
may be done in this way. 

There were no accessions to the church, but, we 
believe, much good was d>ue by way of building 
us up in our most holy faith. Sinners were seen 
to weep. We believe the meetings cloBed too 
soon. Bro. Stephen Johnson, our elder, will 
ome to our aid Jan. 10, during which time 



tree, aud from there all the way to FarwelJ, It I continued for ten days. The Truth was present- 1 will hold our regular council. FSTTBB Hah, 



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Brio. S. H. Bechtelbeimer, of the Lower Deer 
Creek church, Ind., writeB that Bro. Henry Frantz 
with them, commencing meetings Jan. 10, and 
ching thirteen sermons. One was added by 
baptism, and others are almost persuaded. 

B110. H. W. Strickler, when laBt heard from, 
is holding meetings at Uniontown, Pa., and in- 
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Feb. 5, 1889. 



Bro. H. Brallier informs us that three were 
added to the church near Princeton, Ind., recent- 
ly. . 

Bno. William Lugenbeel, of the Belleville 
church, Kims , reports two accessions by baptism 



Bro. M. M. Ekhelman is, at this writing, in 
Indiana, looking after the interests of-McPherson 
College. 

Bro. John Metzger, of Ceiro Gordo, 111., has 
bpen holding meetings for the Brethren at Silver 
Lake, Ind. 

Sister Sadie C. Brallier desireB us to say 
that ber address, for the next few months, will be 
5o Adams St., Johnstown, Pa. 

Bro. Jobn E. Metzger, of Edna Mills, Ind., 
tells us of the good meetings held there by Bro. 
Daniel Wysong, of Nappauee, Ind., resulting in 
the baptism of sis precious souls. 

A sister at Adrian, Mo., writes us a three-page 
letter, in which she orders a copy of " Europe and 
Bible Lands," but fails to sign Her name to the 
letter. Will she please send us her name? 



church. Othet-B desjjing his assistance, will ad- 
dress him at Dawson, Pa., in care of D. S. Strick- 
ler. 

Bro. Samuel Molsbee reports good meetings 
in Hawkins county, Tenn. Bro. Pence was with 
thetn a few days. They have eight applicants for 
baptism. Bro. M. has a k 
of the Messenger, and w< 
is appreciated, 

Bno. J. E. Young, of Beatrice, Nebr., sends us 
some good news. Bro. J. S. Mohler has been 
holding meetings for them. Six have confessed 
Christ, and others are near the kingdom. The 
good work still goes on. Bro. J. E. will give us a 
full report of the meetings at their close. 

The little speck of war that troubled the vision 
of some newspaper correspondents on account of 
troubles in the Samoan Island, has entirely dis- 
appeared. It is officially announced that Germany 
gave no cause of offense to this country. We 
hope the day is far distant when the peace of this 
country, or of the world, will be disturbed by war. 

Br.o. I. Helman of the Pleasant Hill church, 
Miami Co., Ohio, under date of Jan. 24, writes 
that Bro. Qvinter Calvert commenced meetings in 
the Newton house Jan 5. Twenty-five had been 
received into the church by baptism, with two ap- 
plietnts, and the meetings were still going on, 
with good interest. May the Lord continue to 
bless the good work ! 

Bro. Moses Dierdorff just closed a series of 
meetings in the north-western part of Dallas 
county, Iowa, with six additions by baptism. Bro. 
J. D. Haughtelin, of the Panora church, Iowa, is 
at work for the Lord in Adair county, and Bro. J. 
L. Myers has been holding meetings near Ded- 
ham, forty miles north-weBt of Panora. These 
brethren are at work in good earnest. May the 
Lord continue to bless their labors! 



From Bro. Wm. M. Lyon, of 26 East Walnut 
Street, Lancaster, Pa , we had the following: "We 
have just commenced a series of meetings in this 
city, and, by the grace of God and the prayers of 
his children, we hope to revive the good work 
among us. We are weak numerically, but our lit- 
tle band is firmly united in the bonds of Christian 
love Bnd affection, and in "union there is strength." 
We hope to report good results at the close of the 
meetings. We ask an interest in the prayers of 
all the faithful in Christ JesuB." 



The Brethren at Pine Creek, Ogle Co., 111., held 
a series of meetings recently. They had a large 
attendance, good interest, and one accession to the 
church by baptism. The home ministers conduct- 
ed the meetings. 

Bro. P. S. BIiller, of Bridge water, Va., com- 
menced meetings for the Brethren at Pine Grove 
church, Bauie State, on Jan. 10, and preached elev- 
en sermons. Eight were added to the church by 
baptism, and one was reclaimed, uith one to be 
baptized in the near fatur». Bro. Miller left many 
warm friends at Pine Grove, who pray God's 
blestiDg upon him. So repoits sister Msny S. 
Kline, 



Our meetings at this place closed on Sunday 
evening, Jan. 27th. The interest was excellent 
throughout the meetings, and the Chapel waB not 
large euough to hold the people that came to hear 
the Word preached. Especially was thiB true on 
Sunday evening, Jan. 20th, when a number were 
compelled to go away, being unable to get in. 
Bro. Deetet preached the Truth in plain, unmis- 
takable wolds, and we all feel much refreshed. 
There are seasons of rejoicing that come to us 
occasionally, as we journey homeward. When 
we cross over the river, we shall enjoy the great 
meeting all the more, because of the foretaste we 
have had of it here. 

It often happens that those who doubt the Bi 
ble are compelled to bear evidence to the benefits 
arising from Christianity. This is what Darwin 
once Baid about some men who criticised foreign 

missions: 
They forget, or will not remember, that human sacrifice 



The New York Tribune, one of the lending 
secular papers in the United States, gives us the 
following sensible words on the subject of pro- 
hibiting boys from using tobacco: 

Shall not the small boys of this State be prevented by law 
from indulging In the use of tobacco? That question is to be 
pressed upon the attention of the Legislature this winter. 
Ohio prohibits the sale of the weed to minors under fifteen, 
Massachusetts to those under sixteen. New York would be 
doing her small boys a great kindness, and one which they 
would deeply appreciate when they reached years of discre- 
tion, by passing a similar law. The spectacle of little fellows, 
only just out of the nursery, ttoing along the streets puffing at 
a cigar, or more likely a cigarette, is unfortunately a familiar 
one. It is high time to apply the brakes, if the coming man 
is not to be a stunted growth, preyed upon by his nerves. 
Thi-re is a widespread demand for the passage of an act which 
will compel the attendance of children at school. If a sound 
mind in a sound body is a desirable association, then such a 
benevolent law might well be supplemented with an anti-to- 
bacco act. 

Last winter the Legislature of Pennsylvania 
passed n prohibition amendment to the Constitu- 
tion, and the question arose whether it Bhould be 
submitted to the people at the regular November 
election or at a Bpecial election. It will probably 
be decided to hold n Bpecial election in June for 
the purpose of testing the will of the people of the 
great Keystone State as to whether they will or 
will not have intoxicants manufactured and sold 
in their commonwealth. The election will be 
wholly non-partisan. There will be no contest- 
ants for office, no party jealousies, nor side issues, 
and the question, stripped of all else save prohibi- 
tion, can be voted for. The question that each 
voter in Pennsylvania w ill be asked to decide, is, 
" Are you for or against the manufacture and sale of 

ntoxicantB?" and every good man will be against 
the terrible evil. Already the papai'B are discuss- 
ing the probabilities of the contest, and the friends 
of temperance are hopeful that the people will 
give their voice against the saloons, with all their 

attendant evils. 

0.UERISTS' DEPARTMENT. 

The Water Supply in the Jordan-The Lord's Sup- 
per—The Computation of Time-Supporting 
Elders— The Tobacco Plant. 



Dear Brother:- 
I write yoi 



fi'i, mi ,'f i 



ie claims that i 
ior was Immersed in Jordai 
and low water marks, they 
without being in the wal 
place at low water, there wi 



1 the 



for 



ion on the following queslion: A 
; can not be proved that our Sav- 

by John ; that, as there are high 
could have been in the Jordan 
er, and if the baptism had taken 
mid not hare been sufficient water 
an. Please answer through the 
Harry Shank. 



equ 



idolatrous pri> 
lleled in any other 
of that system 
neither womt 



;lhood; a sysl 



I 



■ II, , 



nlilren— that a 

bene things have been abolished, and that dishonesty, inteli 
erance and licentiousness have been greatly reduced by tl 
i.troduction of Christianity. In a voyager to forget the, 
hints is a base ingratitude; for should he chance to be at tl 
toint of shipwreck on some unknown coast, he will most d 
■outly pray that the lesson of the missionary may hove e 
ended thus far. 



The question as to the manner of Christ's bap- 
tism has been so generally discussed, and it is ad- 
mitted by nearly all Bcholars that be was bap- 
tized by immersion, that it seems almost unneces- 
sary to refer to it again. The statement that 
there was not water enough in the Joidan, even 
at its lowest stage, to perform the rite of baptism 
by immersion, has been refuted time and again by 
travelers, but it seems there are Btill some per- 
sons who use it as an argument. 

When we visited the Jordan in the spring of 
1884, we found the river, at the traditional place 
of the baptism, to be a strong, swiftly-running 



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80 



stream, from (JO to 100 feet wioV, and fn m 6 to 
lofettdeep. Farther up, the stream is much 
wider and shallower, so that it may be forded 
on horeelipck. Even at its lowest stege there 
is a considerable stream of water flowing 
through the channel of the sacred river. This iB 
due to the fact that the principal source of the 
Jordan is a greit fountain of fresh, pure water, 
bursting out from among the rocks at the foot of 
Mount Hermon, near Oesarea Philippi. As we 
watched the great fountain coming forth and 
rushing down the steep hill-side, leaping over 
rocks and forming of itself quite a stream of wa- 
ter, sufficient to immerse many nations, and then 
remembered that it wns fed during the long sum- 
mer mouths by the snow, covered peaks of Her- 
mon, we felt satisfied that at no season of the 
year could there be so little water in the lower 
Jordan that baptism by immersion could. t not be 
readily performed. 

The argument that Christ cou'd have been in 
the Jordan without being in the water, is ceit*in- 
ly a weak ODe. The evaugelists, Matthew end 
Mark, in giving an account of the baptism of Je- 
sus, say: "And Jesus, when he was baptized, went 
up str-iightway out of the water," "And straight- 
way coming up out of the water." If the account 
said, " coming up out of Jordan," there might be 
some force to the objection offered. As it is, it 
hiis none whatever. 

Have we any history showing that the Lord's Supper was. 
observed, as we practice it, by an) people before the organ- 
ization of the Brethren's church? J. A. Miller. 

The Lord's Supper, or love- feast, in connection 
with the communion, was observed by the apostol- 
ic church. The historical evidence is given pret- 
ty fully in Gospel Messenger No. 50, 1888, to 
which our querist is referred. 

snt era date from, the birth 
F. Johnson. 

Answer. — From the birth of Christ, 

Is it right for an old elder who has labored many years for 
a congregation and who is now poor and helpless, to be sup- 
ported by them, and if so, how shall it be done? 

A Sister. 

Certainly it is right to support not only the 
elder, who may need help, bat the church rule is 
to support all the poor. Such expenses should be 
met as arc other church claims. The matter is 
placed info the hands of the deacons, whose duty 
it is to see that the needful help is given. In 
some churches the money for such purposes is 
raised by subscription, while in others each mem- 
ber pnys according to the amount the Lord has 
blessed them with. The money is put into the 
church treasury and paid out aB directed. In 
this way the needy ate helped, and in this way 
the church should support her elder who has 
spent his best days in her Bervice, and who now, 
in old Bge, needs help. Not to do this would be 
to bring a repioach upon the church and would 
show a lack of the true spirit of Christ. 

Bro. J. H. Slu6her asks with all candor and 
good feeling for an explanation on Gen. 1: 11, 12: 
" And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, 

the herb yielding Beed And the earth 

brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after 
his kind, and the tree ; ieldiug fruit, whose seed 
was in itBelf, after his kind: and God saw that it 
was good." Also the 30th verse of the same chap- 
ter: " And to every beast of the earth, and to ev- 
ery fowl of the air, and to every thing that creep- 
eth upon the earth, wheieiu there is life, I have 
given every green herb for meat: and it was so. 



And G(.d saw every thing that he had male, and, 
behold, it was very good." Tbe question our 
brother wants tettled is, whether tobacco is in- 
cluded in the herbs here epoken of, and if God 
pronounced it very good, is it right to speak 
against it? Bro. H. Cunningham also asks for 
tbe chapter and verse in Old or New Testament 
where chewing tobacco is prohibited. 

We have united these queries and, believing 
that not only these two brethren, but many oth- 
ers can not understand why, in view of the 
reasons above given, the use of tobacco Bhould be 
condemned, we will here give our views on the 
subject. 

That God created all things, and that all things 
are good and very good when used for the pur- 
pose he intended them for, id a fact that is appar- 
ent to all Bible readers. 

Tobacco was, doubtless, among the things 
which God created, and it has ils use, and when 
used for the purpose that God intended it, it is 
good. But while this is true, our querists and 
others will not attempt to eay that God cieited 
tbe tobacco plmtt so that men might prepare from 
it the plug to be chewed or the cigar to be smoked. 
If so, then they would be cornp lied to meet the 
fact that smoking and chewing are almost univer- 
sally held to be injurious to the health, and the 
only conclusion would be that God made a mis- 
take, and that tobacco, as an herb for smoking 
and chewing, was not "good and very good." We 
believe the mistake ia that men put it to a use that 
God did not intend it to be used for. 

But is it true that the use of tobacco is injuri- 
ous to the health? We only need appeal to the 
almost universal verdict of physicians, aud of 
those who use it them<elves, ami so apparent has 
it become that chen iug and smoking is injurious 
to health, that our statesmen and public men gen- 
erally a>e taking active measures to suppress its 
use amuug the young people. The Legislatures 
of the Stales of Illinois, Ohio and Massachusetts 
have already passed laws prohibiting, under a 
heavy penalty, the sale of t >bacco to boys under 
fifteen years, and the legislature of the great State 
of New York will consider a law of the same kind 
this wiuler. The New York Tribune, a paper 
that cannot be said to be prejudiced against the 
use of t ibacco. in discussing this question, eays: 
"It is high time to apply the brakes, if the com- 
ing man is not to be a stunted growth, preyed up- 
on by his nerves. Tbere is a wide-ppread demand 
for the passage of an act which will compel the 
attendance of children at school. If a sound mind 
in a sound bo.ly is a desirable association, then 
su h a benevolent law might well be supplement- 
ed with an auti-tolacco act." 

We ask our querists, and those who hold with 
them, to look this question fairly in the face. If 
chewing acd smoking is good, why are men, who 
fully understand the effect of tobacco upon the 
human system, becoming alarmed and passing 
laws to keep it away from the boys? If it is good 
and very good, as it is now used, why not give it 
to the bojs, and the girls, too, for that matter? 

The tobacco plant is not the only one that men 
are using to their own hurt, and contrary, as we 
verily believe, to the purpose aud design of the 
Creator. God created the beautiful opium poppy 
and paiuted its brilliant colors with his own hand. 
He made it for the use of man, and when the 
physician prepared front it an opiate for the relief 
of human suffering, it was felt that a bl ssiug had 
been conferred upon humanity, but who will dare 



to say that God intended that men should smoke 
and chew the poppy opium and thus destroy not 
only their health, but the miod which God gave 
them? Did you ever see a strong, healthy man, 
active in every good work, gradually succumb to 
the secret and insidious opinm habit? Have you 
seen him struggling in its grasp as an infant in 
the hands of a giant, until will power is all gone 
and the man become's a mental, physical and spir- 
itual wreck? He has lost all interest in friends, 
home, family, religion and life, He makes but 
one demand, and that is for opium, and he uses 
it until nature gives way and he sinks into a 
wretched grave, a suicide to the misuse of a plant 
that God created for a good purpose. 

The opium chewer and Bmoker can uee the same 
arguments used by our querists, for God created 
the opium plant and said it was good, and no- 
where in the Old or New Testament is its use pro- 
hibited. The case given above is not an imagina- 
ry one. There are thousands like it in our coun- 
try to-day. 

We must, then, conclude that some of the herbs 
included in the Scripture referred to have been 
diverted from the use for which God created them, 
and that, in using them contrary to his pnrpOEe, 
they become hurtful and injurious, and that, to in- 
dulge in the use of them to gratify a vitiated ap- 
petite to the injury of the body and mind, is 
wrong. No one acquainted with the effect of to- 
bacco upon the human system, will say that it 
does not result in injury to it, and that, — if all the 
manufactured chewing and smoking tobacco in the 
world, including snuff, were to be destroyed to- 
day, and not another ounce manufactured, — the 
human race would be the better for it. 

But what is tobacco to be used for, if not for 
smoking and chewing ? Medical men have discov- 
ered in it an active poison, which they name nico- 
tine, and it has its legitimate uses. The Script- 
ure referred to says that God gave every green 
herb for meat to the beasts of the earth and to the 
fowls of the air, and everything that creepeth upon 
the earth. We are satisfied that one of the pur- 
poses for which the tjbacco plant, was created, was 
for food or meat for a family of creeping things 
which God created. And so greedily do these 
creeping things devour it that men must be con- 
stantly on the alert if they would save any of the 
plant for themselves. These creeping things feed 
upon the plant, and use it for meat, tut they are 
closely watched and gathered up day after day, 
while the plant is growing, and destroyed. 

The laBt query has already been partially an- 
swered, and we refer to it again to say that there 
are a good many evils in the world to-day that are 
not specifically prohibited in the Bible, bat they 
all come under the general prohibition that God's 
people should abstain not only from evil, but from 
everything that has the appearance of an evil. Un- 
der this head we might mention card-playing, 
theatre-going, horse-racing, etc. 

We have tried to answer these queries candid- 
ly. We have much sympathy for thoBe who have, 
during many years, been using tobacco. We know 
something of the struggle necessary to overcome 
the tobacco habit after it has once fixed itself up- 
on the system, and we know something of the feel- 
ings of a man who has once been a slave to the 
habit, and becomes free from it; and we say for the 
encouragement of those who desire to free them- 
selves, that the eujoyment of freedom is worth a 
thousand times more than it will cot you in effort 
to become free, 



THE. GOSPEL MESSENGER. 



Feb. 5, 1889. 



THE FIERCE DEMONIAC* 

After the parable of the sower and the utter- 
ance of several other parables, the day was about 
spent, and as night began to draw her snble cur- 
taioB around the sea, Jesus proposed to the disci- 
ples that they pass to the other side. After he 
sent the multitude away, not empty, but with 
heaven's richest blessing, he, in company with the 
disciples, started across the Bea. Soon the storm 
arose, and the result of it and the miraculous de- 
liverance are amoDg the rnoBt striking manifesta- 
tions of the power and interposition of God, we 
have recorded. No wonder that the disciples 
said one to another, "What manner of man is 
this that even the wind and the sea obey him?" 
Hitherto they had regarded him merely as a man, 
but now they began to get a little deeper insight 
into his nature and character. They were learn- 
ers, and their education did not come like a flash; 
it was a gradual process. Indeed, we sometimes 
think they were slow to learn, but, taking into 
consideration their former surroundings and 
teaching, we are not so much surprised they were 
slow io grasp the idea of the divinity of Christ. 

Finally they reach the other shore, and right 
here we notice an apparent discrepancy in the 
name of the country in which thfy arrived. AH 
three of the evangelists give a statement of the 
same event, and each gives a different name to the 
country. This difference, however, arises simply 
from the names of three towns in that country. 
Mark named the country after one town, Matthew 
after another, and Luke after another. There is, 
therefore, no real contradiction of statement. 

There is also a difference of statement in refer- 
ence to the number of the possessed with devils 
who met Jesus. Matthew says there were two, 
while Mark only mentions one. He does not, 
however, say there was only one, and the proba- 
bility is that his attention was attracted to the one 
the most directly under the influence of the devil, 
or to some action that impressed his mind the 
most, and was thus led to speak of that one only. 
It is not strange that he should speak of one and 
that Matthew should mention two, as such state- 
ments are made very frequently now, concerning 
other matters. There is, therefore, no real con- 
tradiction of statement, as some skex>tics would 
like to make it appear. In our study of the les- 
son we notice, 



Matthew states that the possesEed were "ex- 
ceeding fierce, so that no man might pass that 
way." From this statement we learn that his con- 
dition was worse than any of Christ's former pa- 
tients. It seems that in those days the devil ob- 
tained more direct control over some than over 
others. Sometimes he produced only a silent 
melancholy, bat in this case the subject became a 
raving maniac. 

His condition is further portrayed by the place 
in which he dwelt. He dwelt in the tombs which 
were located out of the cities in desolate places. 
The unclean 6pirit drove him there that he might 
have more power over him and increase the 
wretchedness of his condition. It was away from 
the good influences. Nothing pleases the devil 
better than to get people away from church, from 
Sabbath-school, from prayer- meeting, from the 
influence of a Christian home or Christian friends. 

•Sunday-achool Lesson for Feb, 10, Mark 5: i-iq. 



It was a place, too, that was regarded as unclean. 
The touch of a grave was polluting, and it was 
the kind of a place in which the devil wanted his 
Bubjeot. He wanted his subjects there then, and 
he is none the leas anxious to get them in such 
places to-day. If he can get men and women into 
the dancing halls, the operas, the theaters, the 
saloons, the gambling hells, and all places of car- 
nal amusements, his point is gained. These are 
the places that defile, and that bring the young 
men and women under the influence and power of 
the adversary of souls. 

The wretchedness of his condition is also shown 
in his strength and the inability of those about 
him to govern him. Chains and fetters could not 
hold him, neither could any man tame him. 
There is no condition into which human beings 
can come that should excite more sympathy than 
that which necessitates their being bound, Who 
has not turned away in horror at the sight of a 
bound maniac? We dread the sight and we truly 
pity him, but still we are glad that he can be 
bound. Here was a caBe still worse. He could 
not be bound nor restrained. This illustrates the 
condition of those who are under the absolute 
control of the devil. There is nothing that can 
hold or restrain them in their downward course. 
The commands and curses of the Divine Law are 
as chains and fetters to hold and restrain them, 
but they break these asunder, all of which is an 
evidence of the power of the devil in them. This 
cIsbs of persons is by no means small in the world 
to-day. When we pick up our daily papers and 
read of the thefts, the robberies, the suicides and 
murders, we feel that the devil has a great deal of 
power in the heartB of men und women. Of 
course he does not affect the body in just the 
same way he did in the time of Christ, bat over 
mind and heart, in many instances, he certainly 
has control. This demoniac was doubtless a ter- 
ror to all about him, and there are men now who 
are terrors to their families and to the community. 
This wretched man, it is Baid, was night and day 
in the mountains, or tombs, crying, and catting 
himself with stones, — a striking figure of the self- 
murderer. But let us notice, 

II. THE EFFECT OF JESUS* PRESENCE ON THIS MAN. 

When he saw Jesus afar off he worshiped him. 
Others he ran upon with rage, but he came to 
Christ with reverence. Why? There was an in- 
visible power at work, one that waB stronger than 
chains and fetters. He was made to feel his con- 
dition, and that there was a power to save at baud. 
ThiB shows Christ's absolute power over evil, and 
what a consolation it is to the good that the devil 
is in the hands and under the control of their best 
Friend! This demoniac is one of the worst cases 
we have on record, yet as soon as he came under 
the power of Jesus, he was immediately subdued. 
What, then, is our work as Christians? It is to 
bring bad men and women under the power and 
influence of Christ. We may bind them, we may 
thrust them into our jails and penitentiaries and 
punish them, but this will not subdue the evil 
spirit. We must bring them under the influence 
of the Gospel which is the power of God unto sal- 
vation. Christians, there are demoniacs all 
around ub; there are those steeped in crime, those 
who are directly under the influence of the devil. 
But do not be discouraged, nor fearful; if you 
have Christ dwelling in you, you ai*e stronger, and 
can overcome their influenoo and powor, not by 
your own efforts or strength, but by Christ work- 



ing through you. Ab the evil spirit takes posses- 
sion of men and controls them, so the spirit of 
God takes possession and exerts its influence and 
power through them; and as soon as the good 
spirit comes in contact with the evil spirit, it be- 
comes uneasy and restless. Hence the- language 
of the evil spirit, "I adjure thee by Gtxl, that. 
thou torment me not." We notice, 



Says he, " My name iB legion, for we are many." 
He boasts of his number, as if he had some faint 
hope that he might be too mauy for Christ. 
What n host of apostate spirits Satan calls up to 
guard one poor wretched soul against Christ! 
And they were all united in their work. They 
had but one purpose, and that was the destruction 
of the man. Thank God that we, as Christians, 
may call to our aid the good spirits in cnr conflict 
with the devil. And the fact that we hajre such a 
numerous foe Bhould Bet us on our guard. Truly. ., 



The request of the devils and the permission 
Jesus gave them are interesting topics for consid- 
eration, but we can not discuss them at length. 
Some say this was a needless destruction of prop- 
erty, bat, when viewed in the light of truth, no just 
accusation can be brought against Jesus on that 
ground. The Bwine were of little consequence, 
and, besides, those who kept them were violating 
the law. The keeping of swine was an unlawful 
occupation on the part of both Jews and Gentiles. 
Further, this was not more of a destruction of 
property than the storms, cyclones, floods and 
earthquakes, all of which God permits for some 
wise purpose unknown to us. The swine andthe 
cattle on a thousand hills are his, and it i& : his 
privilege to do with his own as he, in his great . 
wisdom, sees best. We notice lastly, 



What a wonderful change occurred! A demon 
changed into a saint! What a wonderful trans- 
formation! In the beginning a devil, afraid of 
Christ, but now wants to be his companion! But 
Jesus had a work for him to do right there. He 
wanted him for a home missionary. " Go home 
to thy friends," said he, " and tell them how great 
things the Lord hath done for thee." There was 
no one better qualified for this work than he. 
His friends knew all about his condition, and he 
was therefore a liviug illustration of the power of 
God to save. Sometimes persons, when they are 
converted, want to go out into other fields to work. 
Say they, "The people are so well acquainted with 
me; they know all my old tricks, and I am afraid 
I can't work successfully among them." This is 
all a mistake. If we are truly transformed, the 
change will only impress them the more forcibly 
with the reality of the religion of Christ. The 
man, although not in accord with his feeling, as 
he wanted to go with Jesus, was obedient. He 
went right home to his friends in Decapolis and 
there began to publish the wonderful things he 
had experienced, and it is said the people mar- 
veled. What a striking illustration of the effects 
that conversion should have! The soul dead in 
sin and trespass is made alive. May God grant 
that the transforming powev- may be. more seen 
j>ud $U] Then we will have more Luisb-ipnaries. 
j. D. u. 



THE. GOSPEL MESSENGER. 



91 



Notes from our Correspondents. 



— Bro. Noah Detrick informs us that the Ht 
•Creek church, Ohio, has just commenced a series 
of meetings. Bro. 8. W. Hoover, of Dayton, 
' Ohio, is doing the preaching. 

— Bro. Isaac Hoover writes: "The Washing- 
ton Creek church, DouglaB Co., Kansas, enjoy- 
ed Borne good meetings, which commenced 
' Christmas. Saints and angels rejoice; three 
bouIs were baptized. Brethren James Hilkey and 
Thomas Winey did the preaching." 

—Under date of Jau. 23, our aged brothe: 
John Metssger, writes: " By the help of the Lord, 
I have been enabled to meet with the brethren 
and sisters in the Eel River congregation, where 
I am now preaching the Word. Congregat; 
are large and order excellent. I hope that some 
good may be done." 

— Bro. Israel Whisler under date of Jan. 15", 
writes: "The members of the Richland church 
have enjoyed a series of meetings from Jan. G to 
14. The preaching was done by Eld. Fiederick 
Weimer and Wm. Murray, and by their faithful 
labors, and the blessing of God, four souls wer 
brought from darkness to light." 

—Bro. H. W. Strickler writes: "I have just 
closed a two weeks' meeting at Fayette church, 
in the Jacob's Creek congregation, Pa. Although 
the roads were very muddy v.e had the best at- 
tendance, and many said they would soon come 
to the cbuuh and try to walk on safe ground. 
Who will come and help gather them in? " 

— A sad accident occurred in the family of our 
dear brother, Eld. Stephen Johnson, of Garrison, 
Iowa. He writes, under date of Jan. 20, "A few 
days ago, my little boy, — eleven years old, — was 
ran over bv a wild cow which he was driving. His 
leg was broken between the knee and aokle. He 
is now doing as well as can be expected, and we 
feel thankful that it is no worse." 

—Under date of Jan 23, Bro. J. W. Eikenberry. 
of Altamont, Kans., writes: "The Labette church 
is in the midst of a series of refreshirg meeting*. 
There is a good interest manifested, and three dear 
souls have made the good resolve. Two of them 
are my children, and we hope that others will 
share our joy before the meeiiugB close. Bio. 
Sidney Hodgden is doing the preaching." 

— Some work is being done in Iowa, judging by 
a postal card just received from Bro. J. D. Haugh- 
teliu. He writes: "Bro. Moses Deaidoff is con- 
ducting a series of meetings at a new place, about 
ten miles north-east of Yale, with more than or- 
dinary interest. I will report results as soon as 
I can get them. Bro. J. L. Myers" of same place, 
held a few meetings near Dedham (about forty 
miles north-west), with Buch favorable interest, 
that he was urged to come again soon and stay 
longer. He in there now." 

—Bro. Samuel T. Harnes, of the National 
Soldiers' Home, Ohio, writes: "According to pre- 
vious arrangements, the Brethren of the Lower 
Miami church held a short series of meetings, 
commencing Jan. 12, and continuing to the 20th. 
Bro. Stutsman did the preaching. We had eleven 
meetings in all. He handled the Word in a very 
instructive and edifying manner, forcing the 
Truth home to every attentive ear. May the 
Lord be praised for the work thus done! May 
the good seed spring up and bear fruit, some 
thirty, and some sixty, and some a hundredfold! 
The members are much encouraged, and many 
good and lasting impressions were made, but 
there are no immediate results," 



—Under date of Jan. 9, Bro. L. P. VanDyke, of 
Aberdeen, Washington Territory, writes: "My 
brother William and 1 left Beatrice, Nebr., Jan. 
17th, 1888, for the North-weBt. After stopping 
awhile at Portland, Oregon, wo came to this place, 
where we find people from all parts of the globe. 
We have tried to do some missionary work, by 
circulating the Messenger, and also tracts, but, 
in order to do the work successfully, we should 
have some preaching done here. We hope that 
some minister will remember us! " 

—Under date of Jan. 21, Bro. P. R. Werlz, of 
Thomasville, Ga., writes: "I have been reading 
with interest the progress of the mission work, 
and I long to see the Brethren begin the work in 
the South, where there is a splendid opening for 
the Brethren. I fully believe the church could be 
rapidly built up in this State, especially in the 
southern part. Will not some of the ministering 
brethren come down here? With our cheap land 
and mild climate, a good home can soon be ob- 
tained. To this end 1 will give any information 
I c»n, in regard to this place." 



CORRESPONDENCE 



From Co 



Oal. 



Ol'lt hearts were made glad by the coming of 
Eld. Jacob Witmore, of Centre View, Mo. He 
arrived here Dec. 22, 1888 and commenced meet- 
ings next day. He continued the meetings until 



the evening of J a 
and then filled ou 
Day, preaching ii 
discourses. The 
ed. Saints were 



i. 10, 1889. He rested two day: 
•regular appointment on Lord'i 
all, while with us, twenty-four 
meetings were very well attend- 
much encouraged, and sinners 
were persuaded, by telliug them the whole Truth, 
to flee the wrath to come. Fathers, mothers and 
hut-bauds rejoiced to see those, near and dear to 
them, give their hearts to the Lord, and sanctify 
their lips by confessing his dear name before 
men. May they prove to be vessels of honor, by 
walking in the footsteps of that One that has 
called them, that he may use them to the good of 
his cause! 

As an immediate result of the meetings, five 
were added to the church, but we do hope that 
many good impressions, made upon the hearts of 
others, out of Christ, will not be lost. 

We met in council-meeting Jan. 9. We had 
considerable business to attend to, which was 
transacted in a Christian spirit. Brethien Frank 
Calvert and Darius O^erholtzer, were called to 
the deacon's orliee, and Bro. John Magie was ad- 
vanced to the second degree of the ministry. 
Their dulies weie plainly and impressively laid 



before them by broth 
pervaded the audience »- 

Bro. Witmore h; 
labor. He comme 



W 



left 



Spadia on 
and good 
place in on 
to love hirr 



Solemnity 
any tears were shed, 
for other fields of 
ies of meetings at 
14th. Our prayers 
. H* has a warm 
e have all learned 
with us. Bro. Wit- 
d uncompromising 



,e evening of tl 

shes attend hi 

affections, for 

ince his sojouri 
more, Paul like, is a fearless 

her, not being led by the spirit of man, but 
by the Spirit that searcheth the deep things of 
God. If all preachers were like him, there 
would be no uncertain sound given. The preach- 
ing would have the true Gospel ring as in the 
apostles' day. 

In conclusion permit us to tender unto you, 
dear brethren, ourjgratefn] thanks for so gracious- 



ly remembering the few members living on the 
border land of your country. While we eDJoy 
the " Golden State,"— the beautiful land of sun- 
shine and Mowers, we must have, in our poor, un- 
worthy hearts, the blessed Gospel of the Son of 
Righteousness, in order to enjoy that land that is 
without grief, or graves, or funeral processions, 
the land where angels dwell and God resides, and 
where all tears shall forever be wiped away by the 
hand of him who has' redeemed us with his own 
blood - D. A. NoncROss. 

From Cartersville, Va. 

We, a few isolated members, here in Cumber- 
land Co., Va, are without a minister, and as our 
next Annual Meeting is to be held only about one 
hundred miles from us, I thought, perhaps, that 
God might put it into the hearts of some of our 
Brethren, to come and see our country, and, per- 
haps, locate near enough to preach for us! ThiB, 
I firmly believe, is a good opening for a good 
work to be done in the way of building up the 
church, if we only could have a resident minister. 
We hear favorable news from some of our friends. 
They say the Brethren are right, and if we had a 
regular preacher, they would join in with us. We 
have a sermon only every few months and, some- 
times, every sis months only. 

Bro. D. C. Moomaw held a serieB of meetings 
with the Lunenburg Brethren, with glorious re- 
sults. Tbey are about sixty miles from us. There 
are only thirteen members here. We have Sun- 
day-Bchool from April to December, and hope to 
begin our prayer- meeting next Sunday. May God 
send us a preacher, is my prayer! 

Sarah J. Ettei:. 

Memorial Resolutions. 

At quarterly council of Maple Grove church, 
Ashland county Ohio, held Jan. 19, 1889, the 
following preamble and resolutions were unani- 
mously adopted: 

Whereas, in the order of Divine Providence, 
our brother Eld. William Sadler, has been re- 
moved from oxiv midst by the hand of death, and 
our hearts have been deeplv moved thereby; there- 
fore, 

Resolved, First. — We have lost one of natuie'a 
noblemen, a generous friend, a genial companion; 
a man of true and honest purpose, of pure mind, 
of sound judgment, prompt in action, faithful in 
matters of trust, an earnest Christian worker, and 
an ardent lover of the Brotherhood. 

Second.— That we treasure the memory of his 
blampless Christian life, his wise counsels, his 
faithful warnings, and his zeal for the cause of 
Christ 

Third.— From the manner of his lif* amoDg us, 
and from the positive character of his Christian 
experience and testimony during his illness, we 
are fully persuaded that our loss is Mb eternal 
gain, and that while we are mourning on earth, he 
is rejoicing with the redeemed and blood-washed 
in heaven. 

Fourth. — That we deeply sympathize with our 
sistt-r and her children, who have been called to 
part with their chief earthly counselor aud sap- 
port, and that we earnestly beseech the Father in 
heaven to grant them the consolation they so 
much need, and which he alone can give. 

Fifth. — That a copy of these resolutions be 
tendered to the family of the deceased, that they 
be published in the Gospel Messenger, Ashland 
Press, and Ashland Times, and be recorded on 
the minutes of this quarterly council. 

by order of Maple Giove church. 

DavipSmuei:. 

■ ■■■ w'y. 



THE. GOSPEL MESSENGER. 



Eld. Davis Youuee. 
and his kind couipau- 

Elder Kahler's con- 
ind formed ft 
. Shively h 



From New Philadelphia, Ohio. 

By request I met the Brethren of Solomon's 
Creek church Nov. 10th, in one of their houses of 
worship in the town of New Paris, Elkhart Co., 
Ind. This church is under the oversight of Eld. 
Daniel Shively, assisted ! 
We met the former broth 
ion about five years ago,* 
gregation, Stark Co., Ohio, a 
acquaintance with them. B 

fuller consecratieu to the mietionary work, being 
imbued with the spirit of his Divine Master who 
ever went about doing goo 1. Bro. Younce does 
considerable evangelistic work, yet is somewhat 
restricted by the affliction of the dear sister, his 
invalid wife. The other ministers of this congre- 
gation are Henry J. Worstler and Hiram Forney, 
both of whom, we believe, are anxious to respect 
their high calling. The latter of these, in connec- 
tion with brethren Robinson and Henry Neff, the 
former of Bro. Win. Deeter's and the latter of 
Bro. John Anglemyer's church, constitute the 
Mission Board of Northern Indiana, which, we 
hope, is accomplishing good and great work for 
the Master. While engaged in this field of labor 
I had the pleasure of meeting the Brethren of the 
Go6hen church at their love-feast. Bro. Daniel 
Biggie iB the Elder of this church. We would 
like to refer to several brethren we met on this 
occasion but space rather thau time forbids. We 
also had the pleasure of meeting the brethren of 
the Buckeye distiict, in a council-meeting presided 
over by Bro. Wm. K Deeter who has had the 
oversight of this church for some time, but at this 
council, by his own urgent solicitation, he was 
relieved. Judging from the interest Bro. Deeter 
manifests in church work, he wants to be ranked 
among those who know their Master's will and do 
it. 

While with the Brethren of Solomon's Creek 
church, we preached in their four houses of wor- 
ship, which, possibly, under existing circumstan- 
ces, was prudent, but we would here suggest, that 
it is best to concentrate our labors more. 

From this field of labor we went into Hunting- 
ton Co., Ind., to make a biief visit with some rel- 
atives there. While thus engaged we preached 
in the town of Roanoke; also enjoyed two pleas- 
ant evening meetings with the Brethren of the 
Clear Creek congregation aud formed the ac- 
quaintance of Bro. Dorsey Hodgden, one of the 
ministei s of this congregation. We also enjoyed 
an evening meeting in the town of Andrews and 
here met two ministering brethren who, we trust, 
inspired by an ambition to do service for their 
Divine Master, and thereby encourage the little 
Zion, located there. Their names but not their 
faces are forgotter 

The evening of Dec. 22 I began to labor with the 
Brethren of tue Union Centre District, presided 
over by Elders John Anglemyer and Daniel 
Neff. Their co-laborers are Joseph Hart^ougb, 
John R. Miller, and Alexander Miller, the latter 
being much of the time in the evarg-ilistic field. 
This congregation, Solomon's Creek and sever- 
al others of Northern Indiana are numerically 
quite strong. We were informed by the Brethren 
that frequently, vtheu they have the love-feasts, 
many of their own membeis cannot commune for 
the want of room, they being willing and anxious 
to accommcdate those who come from other congre- 
gations. Their houses of worship are large, some 
being 60 by 80 feet in size. The lay of the laud and 
condition of the roads are well adapted to relig- 
ious gatherings and it may be said ot Northern 
Indiana aod North-western Ohio that it is a " land 
flowing with milk and hon»y." Be careful, dear 
brethren, that your affections are not fixed too 
much on the earth. LetuB never forget we are 



only pilgrims and strangers here, that it is beyond 
the chilly waters of the Jordan that fields are ar- 
rayed in living green. The things that are seen 
are temporal, but those on which our affections 
should be more especially placed, are eternal. 
Their grandeur and beauty are ineffable and eter- 
nal. 

While engaged in laboring with the Brethren 
of Union Centre, we were kindly conveyed by 
Bro. John Trump to a meeting, held in Bro. 
Deeter's congregation oy Bro. J. G. Royer, whom 
we met for the first time, aud with whom we had 
a pleasant iuterview. We eujoyed very much 
our season of worship with the dear brethren 
here. We do not very frequently have the priv- 
ilege of listening to the preached Word, We closed 
our series of meetings with the Brethren of Union 
Centre, Jan. 1. At these meetings we met Bro. 
John H. Miller and Mb invalid wife. The dear 
sister's bodily afflictions are quite intense. May 
the Lord comfort and sustain her and all his dear 
afflicted children whom we met. From here we 
went to the Brethren of Turkey Creek congrega- 
tion for whom we tried to preach five discourses. 
Toe ministers of this church are brethren Daniel 
Wysong and Peter Stutzman. 

On Friday evening, Jan. 4th, we met the dear 
Brethren of Solomon's Creek church, at what is 
called the " big church house," for the last time, 
and I talked to them from 2 Cor. 13: 11. 

Jan. 6, I met the Brethren of Lick Creek congre- 
gation, Williams Co., Ohio, which is under the 
supervision of Elders Jacob and Johu Brown; as 
sistants in ministerial work. Christian Grabill 
George W. Sellers and John Mark. Sunday even- 
ing, Jan. 6th, we commenced a Beries of meetings 
at the Bunker Hill church-house, and continued 
until the evening of the 16th. 

We got home Jan. 19, and found all well, for 
which we feel very thankful to the Giver of all 
good. We thank all the dear brethren and sisters 
for their kindness and generosity toward us and 
the loved ones at home. Our beloved companion 
wishes to thank all her dear Christian friends whoso 
kindly and substantially sympathized with her 
during our absence. Whilst no accessions attend- 
ed these meetings, let us cherish the hope that 
at least some of this labor may be like bread caBt 
upon the waters, to be gathered many days hence. 
Let us all be steadfast, immovable, always abound- 
ing in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as we 
know that our labor is not in vain in the Lord! 
Jan. 22. Edward Loomis. 



twenty years He now seems to enjoy himself, 
in the hope of a blessed immortality beyond the 
grave. 

Bro S. A. Hon ben.;' er was with us in September 
and did some very effectual preaching. Bro. Wm.. 
Harvey ( who was our elder ) came to us and offi- 
ciated at our love-feast, which was a feast long to 
be remembered. We hope soon to have our 
meeting-house ready for use. The lumber is 
nearly all on the ground, and the foundation is 
laid. 

Brethren who desire to obtain cheap land, in a 
hill country, would do well to look at Texas 
county. Fair land, with good outside facilities,, 
may be had at S'2,50 per acre on long time. 

J. T. Mason. 

From Oak Grove, Woodford Co., Ills. 

Jan. 12th we held our quarterly council. All 1 
things passed off pleasantly and with brotherly 
love. At night our beloved elder, C. S. Holling- 
er commenced a week's meeting in which many 
lasting impressions were made. Bro. Hollinger 
is an earnest advocate of the principles of Christ. 
He preached at night and visited the members 
during the day, and instructed and encouraged 
them on their way to Zion. On Monday night he 
had meeting at Bro. Brown's, who was not able to 
attend any of the rueetiugs. At this meeting Bro. 
Hollinger pointed us to the Lamb of God which 
takes away the sins of the world. may the 
Lord ever keep us all in that narrow way that, 
leads to the home above! H. C Long. 

From Moscow, Augusta Co., Va, 

We commenced a series of meetings Dec. 11,. 
and continued until the ll)th. In all we had nine 
sermons. The meeting was conducted by Bro. 
G. W. Wine, of Ottobine, Rockingham Co., Va. 
He faithfully warned all to flee the wrath of God, 
but none seemed willing, as yet, to give up their 
sins, though we are persuaded to believe that, 
weiegood impressions made. 

D. C. Ziglek.. 

From South English, Iowa. 



ther 



From the Lower Stillwater Church, Montgomery 
County, Ohio. 

On the evtning of Nov. 15 Bio. Silss Gilbeit 
commenced meetings in our church aud preached 
fifteen sermons, which were both logical and prac- 
tical. The meetings were not as largely attended 
as they should have been. There were no addi- 
tions, but we hope the good seed sown will be the 
medium in turning bouIs to God. Our members 
had their spiritual strength renewed, and feel 
more than ever the necessity of working for the 
Master, We expect B^o. J. J. Rosenberger to 
give us some meetirjgs iuthe near future, en! will 
then report again. Miy we all thank God and 
take courage! John Smith. 

Troiwood, , Jan. 10. 

From Cabool, Mo, 

The Brethren in Texas County are moviDg 
along quietly, aod have great reason to be thank- 
ful for the tokens of God's goodness towards us 
during the past year. We have received nine 
by baptism and reclaimed one. Amongthe num- 
ber was one who had been skeptical for about 



Biio. Enoch L. Bhowek, of Virginia, came 
among us Jan. 10, and commenced meeting on the 
evening of the 11th. He closed on the night of 
the 22cd. He preached in all fifteen sermons, in 
which he failed not, in a very plain and forcible 
manner to admonish both saint and sinner. 
There were no additions, but we feel that the 
membership w^aa much built up, and sinners 
made to see their condition, even if they did put 
off the all-important work. Sinner, now is the ac- 
cepted time, now is the day of salvation. " To- 
day, if yon hear his voice, harden not your hearts 
as in the pj ovocation, for to-morrow may be too 
late." A. J. Wine. 

Notice to the Churches of the Northern District 
of Illinois, 

As I was appointed by the Book and Tract 
Committee to Bee that all appoiut a Solicitor to 
Bolicit funds at le.ast Once a year in the different 
congregatioQP, therefore each solicitor should see 
to that work promptly, and forward the funds 
thus collected to S. Bock, Dayton, Ohio. Send to 
my addresB, Polo, 111., your name on a poBtal card, 
as solicitor appointed by your church, bo that I 
may have an opportunity to correspond with you 
direct, if necessary. Edmund Forney. 



"I have," says Dr. Guthrie, "four good n 
for being an abataiuer— ray head is clearer, n 
health is belter, my heart is lighter and my pur 
is heavier." 



THE. GOSPRL MESSENGER. 



93 



Miscellaneous Items, 

HOW CORItKSl'ONDENTS MAY SAVE TlME AND LA- 
BOR for the Editor.— Think fust, write slowly, 
then examine carefully, and correct your article. 
Then lay it away for several days and try to for- 
get all that you wrote. When you take it up, 
it will seem new, and you will be better able to 
judge, by that time, the character of much of the 
manuscript crowding the editor's desk, and also 
liis brain. Then condense it, if possible; take 
out sentences, and put in words. Get your wife 
or husband, or some good reader, to read your pro- 
duction to you. Listen and criticise, aB though 
some inexperienced penman had written it. By 
this time, much of the censure, now resting on 
the editor, but justly on you, will be avoided. 

Furthermore, do not urge the publication of 
your article, nor chide the editor, when he lefuses 
to publish it. Any article of doubtful pi opriety, 
iu his mind, should go into the waste ImBket. 
Personal criticism should never be allowed; and 
subject matter that carries with it the idea that 
we, as a church, are more or less divided, or at 
least, that a gi eat many of us are in doubt as to 
the correctness of our practice iu worship — such, 
for instance, as our eisters' piayer covering, etc , — 
is not edifying. If tbe peace of the church re- 
quires it, such matters should he bi ought up at 
our General Conference, where the whys and the 
wherefores are critically examined in the light of 
■ the Gospel and not by a rule of the church simply, 
or long-established custom, as mme report that we 
do. 

About the same rule governing writers for the 
press, will apply to those writing tracts or leaflets 
for the Book and Tract Work. All such matter 
must pass through the hands of the Examining 
Committee, and should all be forwarded either to 
the Secretary, Bro. L. West, Lanier, Preble Co., 
>Ohio, or the writer, before June 1, 1SH9. 



Permit me to make a direct appeal through the 
Messenger to the cyerseers of all the leal 
churches in the Southern District of Kansas, east 
of Reno county, that each one send me the name 
of a good brother or sister, who is alive to the 
Missionary and Tract Work of the church. This 
person is to act as solicitor for the Endowment 
Fund, and visit every family in the district. As 
it is impossible for me to visit all, as per request 
of the brethren authorized by the General Con- 
ference, I take this method to obtain help, and 
hope to have an immediate and favorable response 
from each local church. All necessary instruc- 
tions and equipments will then be given upon re- 
ceipt of the name and address. Please address the 
writer, at Hutchinson, Beno Co., Kans. What bet- 
ter thing can we do than work for the church? 
This kind of work is far-reacbing in its results. It 
does not necessarily require official members. I 
prefer others when they are qualified, so as to di- 
vide church work as much as possible. 

The Messenger comes, in its new attractive 
form, laden with matter that the whole world 
should know, hence the paper should have a much 
larger circulation. Let every brother and sister 
seek opportunity to get their neighbors to sub- 
scribe. Wheu you go to visit, take a copy with 
you, show it, and, if you are done with it, let your 
neighbor have it to rend. Ministering brethren, 
traveling about, should take with them a copy, and 
secure subscribers. The day is gone by, and I 
hope it will never return, when we were ashamed 
to show our church paper to those outside of the 
church. I know of instances where the Messen- 
ger has done a good work, and what has been 



done, may be done again,— all things being equal. 
"My Father worketh hitherto, and I work." — Je- 



Would some of the brethren directly conuected 
with the Orphans' or Old Folks' Home in Indiana 
( I think in the Southern District) kindly inform 
me by card, or through Ihe Messenger, with 
whom I miiBt correspond in order to get the ben- 
efit of their experience? I shall much appreciate 
an early response. The District of Southern Kan- 
sas has set a similar project on foot. " The pcor 
ye have always with you, and wheusoever you will 
you may do them good."— Jesus. "Blessed is he 
that considereth the poor; the Lord will deliver 
him in time of trouble." — David. "He that by 
usury and unjust gain increaseth his substance, he 
shall gather it for him that will pity the poor." — 
Proverbs. "Show mercy to the poor." — Daniel. 
Enoch Eby. 

Hutchinson, Kans. 

From Berlinton, Ind. 

I met with the Baugo Brethren Dec. 15, in a 
Baptist church near Elkhart, Ind., aud held meet- 
ings one week. The attendance was small at first, 
many being sick, but at the close there were larg- 
er congregations. Wife and I visited at Bro. Joel 
Shively's home. Sister Shively, at times, suffers 
greatly from rheumatism, whicli renders her al- 
most helpless. May her faith be strong enough 
to enable her to bear her aiHiction with Christian 
patience and fortitude. Notwithstanding her af- 
fliction, she encourages her husband to. go to 
church aud help in the ministry. In this district 
brethren Joel Shively, John Metzler and H. M. 
Schwalni break the Bread of Life to the members. 

From there we went lo Milford, Ind., our home, 
where we met Bro. J. G. Boyer, of Mt. Morris, HI. 
Bro. Rojer staid with us one week, and the meet- 
ings were a feast to me. His visit to Indiana was 
much appreciated. 

After the close of these meetings, wife and I 
went to the Bremen congregation, and I com- 
menced meetings in their brick liouse. The mud- 
dy roads and stormy weather were against the 
meeting, but " all things work together for good 
to tiem that love the Lord." Many old peo- 
ple are stricken diwn with sickness, and most 
of them die. During these meetings my wife be- 
came ill, but is now convalescent. Our winter, 
thus far, with but few exceptions, has been pleas- 
ant. 

I am now in the Tippecanoe church, Ind., help- 
ing the members in a series of meetiugs. May 
God'B choicest blessings go with all of his faith- 
ful workers! J. H Miller. 

Jan. !), 

Notes of Travel. 

Jan. 6, the writer and Eld. S. R. Zug boarded 
the train at Manheim, Pa., at 8:20 A. M. for 
Flemington, Hunterdon Co., N. Y., where we ar- 
rived at 3 P. M., and were met by Bro. Asher 
Gary, and taken to his home. At 7 o'clock we 
met for worship at the Bethel church, where a 
series of meetings is contemplated. An appro- 
priate sermon was preached from Heb. b': 2, 3; 
subject, "Perfection." 

Jan. 8 we met again at the Bethel, at 7 P.M.; 
text from John 5: 3D, 40. Next day we boarded 
the train at Flemington for Philadelphia, and at 
once proceeded to Bro. Joel Pieiner's home. Here 
we enjoyed a happy little council-meeting at S P. 
M. Eld. S. K. Zug has the oversight of this little 
city band. 

Jan 10 we returned to the Bethel. We had a 
sermon from John 6: 1-14; subject "Fragments." 



The text of Jan. 11 was "How shall we escape!" 
Jan. 12 we had an exposition of Col. 3: <) 11. All 
these sermons were delivered by Eld 8. R. Zog. 

After this la*t meeting, the writer went home 
with Bro. C. W. Moore to the Sand Brook dis- 
trict. Bro. S. R. Zug remained fcj continue the 
meeting. 

I fully eudotse Bro. J. T. Myers' sentiment 
in regard to some of the districts of New Jersey. 
I enjoyed a very pleasant meeting, wifh the good 
members of Sand Brook, on Jan. 13. 

Jan. 14, I boarded the train, at Flemington, for 
home, where I arrived safely and found all well, 
for which we thank tbe Lord, M. G. Gibble. 

From the old Chippewa Church, Wayne Co., 0. 

Ouit home minist-rs began a serieB of meetings 
Dec. 8, and continue 1 until the evening of the 
30th. Brother Frederic Weimer conducted the 
meetings, and labored earnestly aud faithfully 
for the upbuilding of our beloved Zion. 

We had interesting meetiugs, larg« congrega- 
tions, and good order throughout, and the breth- 
ren aud sisters labored together in union. We 
had our prayer-meeting before services, and it 
did my soul good to he->r the dear brethren and 
sisters, both old and young, ploudicg with our 
Heavenly Father in behalf of the unconverted 
part of our cougregatioD, that they might come to 
Christ and live. We think in this matter a great 
many of us fail,— the laily is at ease and expects 
the ministers to do all the laboring. 

In the midst of oar mating, Bro. Wm. Murray, 
of the Ashland church came amongst us and as- 
sisted in holding forth the Wind of Life to saint 
and sinner. Bro. Mnrrny did us goid service. 



Brother Desenberg 
land Co., also came 
many good things, 
the close of the m 
labors, twenty-one * 



f Maple Giwe church, Ash- 
er to help us. He told us 
il remaiued with us until 
dugs. As a result of our 
lis were added to Christ by 



bfipl i 



Others seemed to be almost persuaded. 



The entire number that uui 
in years, —ranging from 
years of age. Our pravei 
the flock may be tenderly c 
the old fathers and mother 



ted with ur weie young 
ten to about thirteeu 
is that these lambs of 
ami for, so that, when 
s in Israel are sleeping 



in the silent grave, they may press forward and 
fill our places better than we have done, is the 
prayer of your unworthy sister in Chri=t. 

Bro. De3enberg, at this present writing, is hold- 
ing a series of meetings in the eastern part of our 
congregation,— the "Leisure "church- houie. May 
the Lord bless every effort for good! 

Isabel Irvln. 

From Parnassus, Augusta Co , Va. 

Jan. 12, Bro. J. M. Mohler, of Pennsylvania, 
closed an interestiug teries of meeting, conduct- 
ed at Elk Bun church, which lasted fourteen 
days. He preached, in all, twenty sermons, hav- 
ing large congregations of attentive listeners. 
Brc. Mohler wielded tte Sword of Truth with 
power. As a result of Bro. Mohler's preaching, 
seven souls accepted the Truth. 

With sorrowing heart I announce the death of 
our young and much beloved sister, Gertrude, 
daughter of Bro. Chapmen and sister Walton, of 
Elk Bun congregation. Sister Gertrude was 
taken off unexpectedly, being sick only about 
three days. She died near midnight of January 
15th. To know sister Gertie was to love her. She 
was of a gentle and quiet disposition. We sym- 
pathize with the bereft family, but can say that 
their less is her eternal gain. The funeral ser- 
mon was preached by Eld. Levi Wenger, at Elk 
Bun church, to a large and sympathizing con- 
gregation. R- F. MoimtAi. 



THE GOSPEL MBSSKNOBR. 



7 



Missionary and Tract Work Department. 


"Upon the fitst dayoflhc week, 
lei every one of vol by by lum in 
store as God hath prospered him, ihnt 


3:5=£l£5 



Organization of Missionary Committee, 



Organization of Book and Tract Work. 



C^T All donations intended for Missionary Work should be 
sent to D L. Miller, Mt. Morris HI. 

E^"*AU money for Tract Work should be sent to S. Bock, 
Dayton, Ohio. 

£f~ Money may be sent by Money Order, Registered Let- 
ter, or Drafts on New York or Chicago. Do not send person- 
al checks, or drafts on interior towns, as it costs 25 cents to 
collect them. 

g^" Solicitors a-e requested to faithfully carry out the plan 
of Annual Meeting, that all our members be solicited to con- 
tribute at least twice a year for the Mission and Tract Work of 
the Church. 

EfNotes for the Endowment Fund can be had by writing 
to the Secretary of either Work. 



Wealth may minister to the best part of mac, 
but only minister— not master. "When it uBurp& 
the throne and becomes monarch, it is of all 
things most pitiful and abject. 

It is no more possible that a brother or sister 
can be a consistent follower of our Lord and at the 
same time remain either silent or indifferent to 
the dissemination of his Word among the people, 
than that a person can live and not grow old. 

GREAT MISSIONARIES. 

BY M. M. ESHELMAN. 

In the early days of the reformatory movement, 
wheu the seed of salvation began to take root in 
the hearts of men and women in America, through 
the efforts of Mack, Becker, Sower, and others, 
there was no halting — no hesitating where and 
when to go; but these brave and faithful pioneers 
set their faceB Z ion ward, unfurled the banner of 
E.ing Emmanuel and proclaimed him as supreme 
in power and blessinga toward men. After them 
came men of like character, equally zealous and 
established in the truth, such as Umstad, Cline, 
Saylor, Quinter, Zug, Nead, aDd scores of others 
who studied the Scriptures, talked with their 
neighbors, preached " in season and out of sea- 
son," endured " hardness as good soldiers," com- 
forted the weak and reproved the arrogant. These 
were missionaries in deed and in truth. They did 
not sit at home waiting for somebody to come to 
hear them preach the Gospel, or for Borne one to 
give them command to move upon the enemy 
works, but they went " every-where preaching the 
Word," turning the aliens to the commonwealth 
of Israel by word, by life aud character, pleading 
and persuading, so that thouaauds rejoiced in th 
love of the Truth Bnd were saved. 

Another important feature in the history of 
these practical missionaries 1 
not need to invpnt ionocent gai 
to win souls to Jesus and to n 
their expensep, or to gain appl 
tion from the multitude; but they were busy fo 
the Master, full of faith and meekness. The love 



old and 



vas that they did 
lies of amusement 
lise money to meet 
approbi 



of God and his spirit was in ihem, n 
they went they shed a holy influence 
young alike. 

It can not be said of them that they were af- 
fected with missionary spasms periodical move- 
ments when the love of souls flamed up bright 
and gloriously and then flickered and fell until it 
could be scarcely recognized as existing, but they 
worked while it was day. Neither did they give 
a little money occasionally, then sit down aud 
until some cne spent it, but, like true war- 
i for Jesus, they toiled on and on, looking to 
ts for their- reward. With them plans were 
of JesB account than work. The work in hand 
ggested the methods. 

If we have the same holy zeal to preach Jesus, 
i will imitate those devoted missionaries as they 
titated the apostles, and spend and be spent for 
the furtherance of the Gospel. The people are 
tired of sectarianism and are ready to hear the 
glad news of salvation, unadulterated and unmixed 
with human creeds and articles of faith. 

WHAT WE MAY LEARN FROM PAUL, 

BY S. W; HOOVER, 

What a striking contrast between the religious 
life aud experience of Paul and that of some men 
of the present day! He was an active, zealous 
and untiring worker, in spirit and faith renewed 
dav by day, while theirs is so inactive, old and re- 
tiring as to be almost or altogether unrecogniza- 
ble. 

He spent his life for the faith and sake of our 
Lord and in Bupport and spread of his cause, 
while theirs is apparently faithless and of almost 
lifeless indifference to it — seldom or never having 
anything to either say or give in support of the 
missionary and tract work of the church. If all 
were to do that way, the cauye would, ere long, be- 
come a beggar and sti anger in the world, 3 en, ev- 
en among its friends and kindred, as was our 
Lord wheu he came to his own, whom, John says, 
they neither befriended nor knew. 

To have it and yet be continually poor in giv- 
ing, means to be poor both in faith and life, but 
the soul that is liberal shall be made fat. 

TREASURER'S REPORT. 

The following is a report of money received and 
paid out for current expenses, for weak churches, 
and isolated members in the Middle District of 
Iowa: 

RECEIPTS. 

May 4, Cash on hand $52 34 

May 4, from A. B. Woodard '.'. 1 00 

May 17, State Center church 2 SO 

Garrison, Iowa, John Cline 50 

July 9, Indian Creek church 14 73 

July 10, Des Moines Valley church 9 00 

Oct. 11, State Center church '. 5 00 

J. B. L., Garrison, Iowa 1 00 

Total receipts to Jan. 20 $85 87 

expenditures. 

June 9, D. L. Miller, tracts $5 00 

J. C. Seibert, preaching in Calhoun county. 6 15 

Nov. 9, Joshua Shults 5 60 

Nov. 29, J. C. Seibert 6 12 

Dec. 4, Joseph L, Myers 6 70 

Dec. 12, Bro. M. Deardorf 12 00 

Dec. 19. Bro. H. R. Taylor 11 20 

Jan. 11, 100 Brethren's envelopes 40 

100 2-cent stamps 2 00 

Total expenditures $55 27 

Balance in Treasury $30 60 

J. B. Lehman, Treas. 



LITERARY NOTES. 



had 



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day, as entertainment and instruction for those who can nol 
comprehend the spiritual part of the devotion of the day. Ii 
is not merely a description of the different streams of the Bi- 
ble lands; but it describes the country and gives the Bible 
facts connected with each stream. In conclusion the anthoi 



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looked upon, but whose 
crystal waters, seen in vision, once gladdened the anointed 

eye of the beloved disciple in Patmos May it be 

the favoured lot of every reader of these pages, as well as of 
their author, to find an everlasting Home by those ' living 
fountains of waters, 1 ' in the midst of the Paradise of God! ' " 




'from his mother's womb.'" Hi, toil and suffering to th 
end of life are brought prominently forward. And the 

comes the end — his death ai Rome. " I charge thee befov 
God and the Lord Jesus On i-t, .... preach the word 
" I have fought Litt; good light, 1 have finished my course, 
have kept the faith." 



The series of lectures on the •■ Famous Women of the Old! 
Testament," by M. B Wharton, published by E. B. Treaty 
New York, price $1 75, is something out of the usual order.. 
And yet there is something go< il running through the whole- 
book. The author begins with Eve, " the Mother of the Hur- 
man Family," and ends with Esther, "the Israelilish Queemi 
of a Heathen King." All Ihe best known women of the Old 
Testament are included, not even t xcepline Delilah and Jcne- 
bel. Profitable lessons may he drawn from the sketches of 
the lives of all of ihem,— Rebtkah, Rachel, Ruth, Miriam, 
Hannah, Abigail, and the others. One may not always agree 
with ihe author as to ihe amount of praise or censure the dif- 
ferent women are deserving of, but, for all thai, he will get 
new ideas from reading ihe book. The design of the lect- 



1 oft 



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practical lrssons from them, but t 
ed account of sacred history, with i 
elected by the Divine Being as U 
:nts," has been accomplished. 



for 



one which 


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The 


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" Studies In Bible Lands," by W. L. Ga 



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nd the peoples v\ ith whom ihey came ill contact. The book 
nds witn the "Two Kingdoms "— I-rael and Juclah. Ot the 
DSt tribes it says: "We hear now and Ihe.i the question 
ai-cd, 'What became of the lost tribes?' No idler theme 
vas ever slarted Were there rrophets among 

oice was unheeded, and their names have not lived t'll this 
lay. The discovery o' those tribes in China, in India, in 
\mrrica, is one of the idlest (ancles of the day ; nor is it 
lardly to be believed that much chance exists longer of de- 
eding the faintest ve.tiges of them In the land to which they ■ 



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Elizabeth Armentrout, aged 13 years and 
20 days. Services by the writer, from 1 
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Michael Flory. 

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River church, near Yale, Iowa, Jan. 11, of 
brain fever, Ina E , daughter of Bro. Ste- 
phen and sister Rebecca Caslow. Services 
by Bro. J. L. Myers, assisted by his cola- 
borers, in the presence of an unusually 
large concourse of sympathizing friends. 
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Hear!, aged 1 year, 4 months and 24 days. 
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Pa , Jan. 17, Elizabeth Moist, aged 36 years 
and 28 days. 

Deceased was a member of the Brethren 

church, and was blind for th 



While the ! 



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yeai 



closed those sightless eyes, our prayer to God 
was that they might be opened in a brighter 
world. Services by Reuben Myers and Mi- 
chael Yoder. Hannah Yoiier. 
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Ashland Co., Ohio, Jan. 8, of cancer, Eld. 
William Sadler, aged 60 years. Services 
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Ellen, wife of Bro. Martin Stuckman, aged 
70 years, 6 months and 21 days. Services 
by the writer, from Heb. 9: 27, in the Union 
■Center meeting house. 

Geo. B. Shively. 



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COME DOWN. 

■Zaccheus was a rich sinner, a prosperous citi 
•zen of Jericho, and a man, no doubt, of considera- 
ble influence in the town, as rich men generally 
are. He had also a good business, as he was 
superintendent of the taxes from which he re 
ceived a liberal percentage. 

Whether his habit had been to give half of his 
income to the poor, prior to this time, we are not 
at all certain. We are rather inclined to think 
otherwise, as the latter part of the assertion would 
seem to indicate. 

He had a growing competence and, looking at 
him as a subject, physically, he had everything 
that he needed to make him happy and contented 
Yet, like all other rich men, he had been experi- 
encing a want that all his wealth could not give 
to him. Like the old philosopher Plato, he had 
the idea and was seeking after the concrete. If 
he was really a son of Abraham, of Jewish birth, 
he failed to fiud what he wanted in the Jewish 
system, as then practiced by that people, and, as a 
result, was theoretically at sea. All around him 
was deep water— so deep that he could not fathom 
it. He, though rich, was not satisfied. He was 
on the outlook for the coming— turning up or de- 
veloping of something that would fill the void in 
his soul. And everything that promised anything 
in that direction, to him was a subject of interest. 
Like the noble Bereans, he was willing to exam- 
ine. And every new thing that came to his knowl- 
edge received, from him, a critical examination. 

What he had learned about Jesus before hie 
coming to town can only be surmised. But no 
doubt his reputation as a healer of diseases, a mir 
acle worker, and the report as the usher in of a 
new religion, had reached his ears, and therefore 
he was deeply anxious to see him. His climbing 
upon the tree manifested more than an ordinary 
interest, as there were, no doubt, other men in the 
town and in the throng quite as small as he. We 
are all more or less anxious to see notable men, 
yet, rather than make ourselves conspicuous by 
doing odd things, we would run the common risk. 
This man had soul trouble, — perhaps a very 
strange and distressing dream, the night before, 
put thorns in his pillow and robbed him of his 
usual amount of sleep. The Lord has a great 
many ways of reaching n man's heart, both while 
sleeping and awake. And the sycamore tree 
proved to be the Lord's opportunity — and Zacche- 
us received a revelation as joyful as it was unex- 
pected. He expected to see a notable man — and 
he did, too — but he was also made to see himself. 
As he looked at the Eedeemer he saw in himself 



the subject, the sinner to be saved— and a willing 
Bubject he was. 

As we were studying the character of Zaccheus 
we were made to wonder whether or not he was a 
fair sample sinner, and whether his views of the 
right thing to do, to be saved, were correct. If 
they were, then many of us may learn a very prof- 
itable lesson from his conversion. That his con- 
version was satisfactory, is evident from the lan- 
guage used by Christ; "This day is salvation 
come to this house." The thought most forcibly 
suggested is, Did he do only what duty and right 
required of him, or did he do more? He may 
have done more than the Lord would have re- 
quired of him, and yet he did not do too much, as 
there was no objection offered against his great 
liberality. His conceptions of duty as a child of 
God seemed to have been of a higher order than 
what is exercised by many of us— indeed, but few 
of us have a true idea of "conversion coming 
down." Zaccheus coming down is suggestive, 
evidently means more than scrambling down from 
the branches of the sycamore tree. There was 
coming down all along the line — and in his estate, 
one-half, plus the fourfold takeD by false ace 
tion. This "one-half" and "fourfold" part of 
our estates after conversion forms a subjecl 
our serious consideration. The question is not, 
How much is required of us? but, "How much 
owest thou? " Our actions, after our deliverance 
from the power of sin, are not to be measured by 
mathematical rules, but in proportion to the debt 
that has been cancelled. While, in some things, 
we are willing to come down, especially when it is 
cheaper to come down than to stay up, coming 
down with our possessions is a phase of the 
change that is too often left out of the calculation. 
The young, rich sinner heard the problem and 
went away sorrowful— and how do we do? 

There are plenty of professing Christians to 
day that get rich while yet Binners; but, after 
their conversion, unlike Zaccheus, they keep all 
their ill-gotten wealth by having it sanctified or, 
perhaps, converted. Poor Zaccheus did not yet 
understand the power of money sanctification — 
perhaps acted on the spur of the moment. Had 
he waited a little as we do, he might have had the 
whole of it sanctified, and then used it for build- 
ing fine churches, or built for himself a mansion. 
To illustrate: A man starts out in life with the 
determination to make money. By extortion, 
speculation, or, perhaps, by selling whisky, he 
succeeds. And, after having his riches awhile, he 
fails to get from them what he expected — he is 
disappointed, and in his disappointment, like 
Zaccheus, he climbs the tree to find the better 
thing, and then sees JeBus, and in him the pearl 
of great price. Does he come down to get it by 
the "fourfold" restoring process, or does he, un- 
like Zaccheus, keep it all and then pretend to use 
it as the Lord's money? The question to ub is, 
Can Buch money, in any way, be sanctified to the 
Lord's use? This is one of those deep-reaching I 



questions that stir the individual all through. 
It drives the right so close home that there is no 
way of avoiding it. That there must be a coming 
down there can be no question, and that, when 
restoration is possible, it certainly should be done, 
but the "half" and the fourfold is a decision that 
must be made by the soul that has been redeemed. 
In doing this he will be governed somewhat by 
the estimate that he places upon his own soul. 
We can readily see a beautiful figure of humility 
in the coming down from the tree, but how hard 
it is for us to see the figure of charity in his 
liberal giving! Figures are desirable when they 
suit our case, but there are many striking simili- 
tudes that are overlooked by us because, to make 
them practical, would not be congenial with our 
inclination. 

Immediately after our conversion is the devil's 
opportunity— the time that he makes his sweeping 
attack. It was after Christ's baptism that he was 
led into the wildernees to be tempted of the devil. 
So we are led, and the only safe thing for us to do 
is to say, " Get thee behind me, Satan." 

While Zaccheus did the right thing, by at once 
divesting himself of the wages of sin and giving 
to the Lord his own, Ananias and Sapphira did 
the wrong thing by halting on the edge of duty — 
looking on the large sum of money which they 
had received for their farm, coveting, and finally 
committing the gross sin of lying. They were 
not willing to come down in the right way. They 
wanted to appear as doing what the others did, 
yet they were not willing to make the necessary 
sacrifice, and to shield themselves from a public 
criticism they agreed between themselves to tell a 
lie. 

Are any of their relations living in the church 
to-day? We fear there are a ho3t of them. And 
how shall we know? By each one examining his 
own case, his own experience. Let each one of us 
enter into an examination. How has it bee n with 
me? Some time ago there was some money need- 
ed for church expenses. I was asked to give 
some. I gave fifty cents, with this remark, 
"Brethren, I would like to give more, but I am 
tight run just now and therefore can not." Did I 
tell the truth? Did I want to do more and could 
uot? Again, money is needed for the poor, for 
missionary work, for building churches and other 
charitable purposes. I am asked for some, and I 
would like to give but don't have it to spare. 
Again, is this true, when, perhaps the next day, 
we give double the amount asked of us for things 
that are purely for our own selfish enjoyment? 
Brethren, are uot most of us too high up in our 
selfishness? We have been elimbing up the syca- 
e tree, perhaps, with motives very similar to 
those held by Zaccheus— and how often Jesus 
comes passing by! We see him, but do we come 
down converted to duty, and then go and do as he 
did? A conversion that don't reach all through 
us, around and about us, is not thorough, and will 
not bring us down to the cross. 



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THE GOSPEL MESSENGER. 



Feb. 12, 1889. 



THE TIMID WOMAN'S TOUCH.* 

In this miracle we have another Btriking illuB 
tratiou of Christ's concern for the most lowly 
Station in life, in no way affected his concern and 
willingness to help those who were in distress. 
The miracle teaches us various lessons about sal- 
vation. 

One of the first lessons is, 

THAT SALVATION COMES THKOUGH CHRIST. 

This woman had been an invalid for twelve 
years. She had doubtless sought the best medic- 
al aid of the times, and had spent all she pos- 
sessed, and yet was not cured. "What was still 
more discouraging, she grew worse. How dis- 
couraged she must have felt! "We are not in- 
formed how rich she was, but do matter about 
that; the fact that she gave up all, indicates great 
sacrifice, and that her desire to be cured was 
great. She was fully aware of her condition. 
This was one step towards her restoration. Had 
she been insensible to her condition, she would 
not have mide such a great sacrifice, neither 
would she have come to Jesus. This is a true il- 
lustration of the sinner on the way to salvation. 
There is no hope of his Balvation until he feels 
his condition. This is the starting point. This 
feeling must be strong enough to prompt to action 
and sacrifice. It was this feeling that started the 
Christian Pilgrim on his way to the New Jerusa- 
lem, and until the sinner feels his condition very 
Btrongly, he will remain in the quagmires of sin 
and folly. Then, too, the more deeply he feels 
his condition and need of help, the greater sacri- 
fices he will make. This woman spent all; she re- 
served nothing. So the sinner, in coming to 
Christ, must make a full surrender of everything. 

We notice, further, that she suffered a great 
many things of physicians. When we consider 
the ignorant and unscientific practice of medicine 
in those days, we do not wonder. Among the 
medicines of those days were the burnt ashes of a 
wolfs skull, a stag's horns, the heads of mice, the 
gall of wild swine, etc. To cure the disease of 
this woman we are told there was a great variety 
of remedies. One was, she was to sit in a place 
where two ways met, with a glasB of wine in her 
hand, and some one was to come up behind her 
and frighten her. Another was, seven ditches 
were to be dug, in which ten shoots of grape vines 
were to be burned, and then, with a cup of wine in 
her hand, she was to Bit down in each. Sach 
were some of the methods of treatment in those 
days, and we are not astonished that Bhe suffered 
many things of physicians, and, instead of getting 
better, grew worse. This teaches the utter insuffi- 
ciency of any human agency to cure a sin-sick soul. 
When Christian Pilgrim became alarmed in ref- 
erence to hiB condition, his relatives believed 
that some frenzy distemper had got into hie head, 
and when night came they hoped that sleep might 
settle his brain, but when morning came they 
found him worse. They also thought to drive 
away his distemper by harsh and surly carriage 
to him. Sometimes they would deride, some- 
times they would chide, and sometimes they 
would quite neglect him, but all this effected 
nothing. He grew worse, for their medicine was 
not the kind for a sin-sick soul. So the awakened 
sinner can find no relief in human agencies. The 
pleasures of the world, amusements, gay and jolly 
associates, give no relief. They may try to lure 
his mind away from his trouble, but the result is, 

♦Sunday-school LeeBon for Feb, 17, Mark 5: 25-34. 



he grows worse and worse. The woman received 
no benefit, but grew worse until she cami 
Christ, — a striking illustration of the sinner, - 
salvation save through Christ. 
A second lesson that we learn is, 



This woman had difficulties to encounter in 
coming to Jesus. First, her disease caused phys- 
ical debility. We do not know where her home 
was, or how far she traveled, but, taking into con- 
sideration her disease and its long standing, we 
are astonished to find her among the crowd that 
wasfollowiug Jesus to the houBe of Jaime. But 
she felt her need of help, and the hope of a 
cure perhaps strengthened her. Another difficul- 
ty was the law in reference to her disease. She 
was considered unclean (Lev. 15: 25) by the Jews, 
and was therefore in the crowd in violation of the 
law. This was most likely the reason she did not 
make a personal application to Jesus. Another 
difficulty wae the throng. It required no little 
effort to press through the crowd to Jesus, but 
all these obstacles she surmounted. So the sin- 
ner, in coming to Christ, will encounter many dif- 
ficulties which will require personal effort. It is 
true he can not of himself come. God gives the 
power, but he must use it. Hence John says, 
" But aB many a3 received him, to them gave he 
power to become the sons of God." "Him that 
cometh to me," says Jesus, "I will in nowise c»Bt 
out." We are to come; in the way are difficulties, 
but if we truly feel our need of Christ, and make 
the effort to come, strength sufficient for every 
trial will be given, 

A third lesson that we learn is, 

THAT WE OBTAIN SALVATION THROUGH FAITH. 

Simple contact with Christ will not save us 
There were mauy who, doubtless, in the throng 
touched Jesus, but no matter what their disease 
none were healed by nearness to him. It 
only when the poor woman laid her hand on 
his garment in trustful recognition of his power 
that the healing came. It wbb her faith that made 
her whole. Men and women to-day are interested 
n Jesus and are anxious to hear and see more of 
his wonderful works. Bat knowledge of Christ 
ne does not save. Our churches are often 
thronged with eager listeners, but comparatively 
few are desirous to apply the truths they hear. 
They know the Truth; they are brought into con- 
tact with Christ, but do not put forth the hand of 
faith, and therefore do not realize the benefits of 
his Baving power. A living, active faith is there- 
fore the true bond of union with Christ, and 
brings us into a saving relation to him. The wom- 

is a forcible illustration of this faith. She said, 
" If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole." 
It was faith that opened the veins of her body to 
the pure, freBh blood that gave it new life and 
vigor; it ia faith that opens the avenues of the 

ml, dead in trespasses and sins, to the quicken- 

g, strengthening, purifying and elevating life 
of Christ, 

A fourth lesson we may learn is, 



She had merely touched the hem of his gar- 
ment, but immediately he asked who touched him. 
The disciples were astonished at the inquiry. In 
the midst of such a crowd, and yet ask such a 
question? They could not understand it. But 
thiB touch was very different from the other 



touches. It was slight, but it was the touch of 
faith. He perceived that virtue had gone from 
him. The fountain of life had been opened, from 
which not an atom can escape without his notice. 
It is a pretty thought that every act, no matter 
how small, if put forth in faith, will be noticed 
and rewarded. Even the giving of a cup of cold 
water in faith will not go unrewarded. We need 
not do great things to have the divine blessing 
come to us full aud free; neither is it neceaBary 
that oihers see these acts. No one, doubtless, saw 
the woman touch Jesus. So, amid the busy throng 
of life, we may do our little deeds of faith unob- 
served by those about ub, yet the divine blessing 
may flood our souls with good. Be it remembered 
that Jesus recognizes and rewards, not according 
to the magnitude of the deed, but according to 
our faith. "As your faith bo be it unto you." 
Another lesson we learn from the miraole is, 

THAT IT IS NEEDFUL TO MAKE CONFESSION. 

The woman was cured immediately. Jesus 
might have let her pass away without any fur- 
ther notice; indeed, this was most likely her de- 
sign. It required no little sacrifice to make an 
acknowledgment of Christ before that crowd. 
In the first place sickaess, and especially her dis- 
ease, was regarded as an affliction from God, as a 
punishment for Bin. Then, too, it was a curious, 
unsympathetic crowd of men, and we do not won- 
der that, under the circumstances, she feared and 
trembled when she found that she was obliged to 
acknowledge her indebtedness to Christ. Why 
was thiB required? Why did not he, who knew 
her heart and what was accomplished, permit her 
to pass away unobserved? First, it was for the 
good of those about her that the cure should be 
seen and that she Bhould acknowledge him as the 
cause of it. Sometimes Jesus sought to prohibit 
the publicity of his miracles, because it was not 
safe to raise too great an excitement; but he saw 
that good would be accomplished by bringing this 
one to public notice. This was done by the con- 
fession of the woman. The whole occurrence was 
a striking manifestation of the goodness, power, 
and divinity of Christ. As it was necessary for 
the woman to confess Christ before men, so it is 
necessary for us. Hence Jesus says: " Whosoever 
shall confess me before men, him will I also con- 
fess before my Father which is in heaven. But 
whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I 
also deny before my Father which is in heaven." 
Further, confession is not only required for the 
<od of others, but for our own good. Great 
would have been the loss of this woman had she 
gone away without making confession. She knew 
was for the present healed, but how long it 
Id last Bhe did not know. But when ehe came 
tremblingly to the feet of Jesus and made confes- 
sion, then it was that Jesus gave her the blesBed 
assurance: "Daughter, thy faith hath made thee 
whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague." 
Oh, how much we lose by not confessing Christ! 
May this thought be brought with power to the 
heart of every Sunday-school scholar who has not 

de a public profession of Christ! J. b. b. 



" Seize the moment of excited curiosity for the 
quisition of knowledge." Excited curiosity 
quickens perception and renders attention easy. 
Recollection depends chiefly upon the interest felt 
,d the vividness of the original perception. It 
>uld be a mistake, however, never to try to ac- 
quire knowledge except when curiosity is excited, 
No man should make action depend upon moods. 



Feb, 12, 1889. 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER. 



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WAITING. 

Learn to wait — life's hardest lesson. 

Conned, perchance, through blinding tea 

While the heart-throbs sadly echo 
To the tread of passing years. 

Learn to wait— hope's slow fruition; 

Faint not, though the way seems long; 





Heart 


through suffering, may gro 


Consent s 


inshine, however welcome, 




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would ripen fruit or flower; 


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owe half their greatness 




To tire 


scathing tempest's power. 


Th 


is a soul, untouched bv sorrow, 




Aims 


iot at a higher state; 


J°.y 


seeks not a brighter morrow — 




Only sad hearts learn to wait. 


Hu 


man sir 


•ngtli and human greatness 




Sprlnfi 


not from life's sunny side; 


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St be more than driftwood, 




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g on a waveless fide. 






OTJR DIALOGUE. 






BY WJI. M. LYON. 



Number Seven, 

Friend. — I ain happy to meet you. again. I 
■wish to know why you hold the views you do in 
regard to the Lord's supper. "What you call the 
communion, others call the Lord's Supper, and 
what you call the Lord's Supper, others call the 
Jewish passover. I would like to have you ex- 
plain these matters. 

Brother. — Do you thick that Jesus ate the 
Jewish passover on the night of his betrayal? 

F.—l am inclined to believe that he did, 

B. — We will now see. We will not deny, 
that this institution of the Lord's house is re- 
ferred to by the name passover, as well as by the 
term supper, but nowbere do we find it called the 
Jewish paseover. Peter and John had been sent 
by the Lord to prepare the passover. Evening 
came and he sat down with his disciples, "And 
he said unto them, With desire I have desired to 
eat this passover with you before I Buffer." Luke 
22:15. Then, in the twentieth verse, "Likewise 
also the cup after supper." Here we see this 
meal is referred to as a supper. Again, if we 
read the thirteenth chapter of Johu we find this 
meal referred to as a supper. 

F. — Do you know of any place in the Scriptures, 
where the Jewish paseover is called a supper? 

B. — I do not. 

F. — Have you any other reasons for believing 
this supper not to mean the Jewish passover? 

B.— We have. Read John 18: 28. " Then led 
they Jesus from Caiaphas unto the hall of judg- 
ment; and it was early; and they themselves went 
not into the judgment hall, lest they should be 
defiled, but that they might eat the passover. 

From this Scripture it is quite conclusive that 
the passover had not yet beeu eaten on the fol- 
lowing morning after he had instituted the or- 
dinance of his house, and he had been betrayed 
into the hands of sinful men. 

F. — I had nevemoticed that point before. That 
alone seems sufficient to prove that the Savior had 
not eaten the Jewish passover. 

B. — Yes, for had he violated the order of ob- 
serving the passover iu any respect, in regard to 
time or any other way, they would have used it 
against him, for they did all within their power to 
get something wherewith they might accuse him, 
but found nothing. 

F. — But can you not learn from the meaning of 
the word in Greek? 



5.— We can. Deipnon is the term employed 
by the Greek, and always means a meal, a full 
meal, to be eaten in the evening, the last meal of 
the day. Let us hear from Dr. Seiss. " What, 
then, is the meaning of deipnonf There is little 
room for diversity aa to the true answer. It de- 
notes fi full meal, and that an evening meal. All 
authorities agree that it stands for the principal 
meal of the Greeks and Romans. " The Baptist 
System Examined" page 279. Many other emi- 
nent authors could be cited, testifying with the 
evidence of Dr. Seiss, but I forbear. IE wordi 
have any certainty of meaning, can it be poasibl 
that deipnon, which always means a full meal, i 
feast, etc., can be whittled and reduced to a small 
fragment of bread and a sip of wine? What < 
tradiction of terms! What confusion of ideas 

F.—I shall be g'ad, if you will tell me where 
the word deipnon is found in the Scriptures and 
has been translated supper. 

B.—I will give you a few of the many tests 
where this word occurs. You may then read for 
yourself. Mark (i: 21; Loke 14: 12, and 14:16, 
and 14: 24; John 12: 2; John 13: 2-4; 1 Cor. 11: 
21; Rev. 19:9, and 19: 17, 18. 

F. — That will do. I will now ask you a ques- 
tion. Why do Baptists lay so much stress on the 
primary meaning of baptizo, and then pass over 
and disregard the primitive signification of deip- 
non? 

B. — I must confess this query is too hard for 
me. If they can answer it, I should be glad to 
hear it. They will tell you that a morsel of bread 
aud sip of wine constitute a full meal, because the 
Lord is in it. Well, let us see how that works 
out. I suppose if the Lord is in one ordinance, he 
is also in another, hence we will find him in the 
ordinance of baptism. Then, instead of baptizing 
by immersion, substitute a few drops of water; 
the " Lord " is in it; that is sufficient. Where, 
O, where is the consistency? Echo answers, 
Where ? 

F. — I see where it leads. But can you find 
that this ordinance, — a full evening meal, — was 
observed by the primitive Christians? Did the 
apostles recognize it thus? 

F. — I want you to open your Testament and 
read J ude 12th verse. What is meant by those 
feasts of charity? Now read from 2 Peter 2: 13. 
Hear Adam Clarke on Judel2th. "The feasts of 
charity, the agapae, or love-feasts, of which the 
apostle Bpeaks, were in use in the primitive church 
till the middle of the fourth century, when, by the 
council of Laodicea, they were prohibited to be 
held in the churches, and having been abused, 
fell into disuse." Were it necessary, one author 
after another could be brought forward, showing 
conclusively that the first Christians always ob- 
served this feast of charity or love-feast in con- 
nection with the communion. I will name a few 
of the many authors you can find in support of 
this fact, — Mosheim, Neander, Coleman, Cave, 
Bingham, Macknight, MeClintock and Strong. 
Let these suffice at present. 

F. — I feel it my duty now to search and see. 
Since I have been permitted to converse with you 
on these different religious subjects, I have learn- 
ed many things, one thing especially have I learn- 
ed, ami that is this: Those people, called Dun- 
kards, have been wonderfully misrepresented in 
many places. Their doctrine is very unpopular, 
hence the many enemies and misrepresentations. 
But I must now bid you adieu. Perhaps we may 
meet again. 

B. — I leave you with this good advice: "Prove 
all things, hold fast what i 3 good." But 
do your proving by God's Word aud counsel, 
and not by the weak aud evil reasouing of man. 
This is the only Bafe way. Follow it, aud the re- 
ward will be Life Eternal. 



"RELIGIOUS" SKEPTICISM. 

BY DANIEL HAYS. 

The Bible is the standard of faith. If our faith 
corresponds with the Standard in length, and 
breadth, and height, it is genuine. If it°be skep- 
ticism to deny the Bible as a whole, it is skeptical 
to deny a part of it. Nearly every inetanc9 cited 
in the Bible as an example of disobedience was 
the result of fractional unbelief. Any position that 
is in opposition to a single passage of Scripture, 
related to the Bame people and the same dispensa- 
tion, is not safe. "The law of the Lord is per- 
fect," aud a single violation of that law, whether it 
be the ceremonial law as applied to the Jews, or 
the Gospel, " the perfect law, of liberty " as ap- 
plied to Christians, is an infringement upon the 
whole, and the penalty is sure to follow. 

We will refer to three cases of unbelief, one 
case each for the three dispensations, and in each 
case there is but a single violation of the law 
which God had given them. 

The first case ie when God commanded Adam 
that "of every tree of the garden thou mayest free- 
ly eat: but of the tree of knowledge of good aud 
evil, thou shalt not e*t of it: for in the day thou 
eateBt thereof, thou shalt surely die." Gen. 2. 
Now this was a plain law, easily understood; and 
whilst it gave large liberty, it made but a single 
exception, " not to eat of the fruit of the tree of 
knowledge." But there was a kind of " religious " 
skeptic who took it upon himself to question Eve 
ae to her understanding of the law. "Yea, hath 
God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the 
garden? " He does not come with an open deni- 
al of the law. He simply questions whether it 
should be rigidly regarded. Eve replies, "We 
may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: 
But of the fruit of the tree which is iu the 
midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall 
not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die." 
Eve gave a plain statement of the terms of the 
law, but she emphasized it by adding to it the 
words "neither shall ye touch it," and it is re- 
markable that men generally add to the law of 
God to improve it in some way before they make 
any serious attempts at disobeying any part of it. 
The tempter having gained Eve's attention and 
caused her by his artful interrogatory to add to 
the command, he denies the statement of the 
terms of the law, saying, "Ye shall not surely die." 
This ia Satan's method of deception, first call in 
question the meaning and force of the truth, and 
next deny it utterly, totally. 

Did the dextrous discourse of the arch-deceiv- 
er, the fair hand of Eve, and the good intentions 
of that eating of the forbidden fruit, save them 
from the penalty of the law? From every age and 
every clime the answer comes, the "sentence of 
death passed upon all men," for all must die. 
Thus the first transgression brought death into 
the world and all our woe, and the sentence is 
inexorable and universal. 

Another instance of unbelief and certainty of 
God's judgmeutupon the disobedient, is recorded 
in the loch aud 17th chapters of Numbers. The 
Lord commanded the children of Israel to " make 
them fringes in the borders of their garments," 
and in the fringe "a ribband of blue," "that ye 
may look upon it and remember all the command- 
ments of the Lord and do them." Now Koran, 
Dathan and Abiram, with two hundred and fifty 
princes of the assembly, gathered themselves to- 
gether againBt Moses and Aaron, baying, "Ye 
take too much upon you, seeing all the congrega- 
tion are holy, every one of them, and the Lord is 
among them: wherefore then lift ye up yourselves 
above the congregation of the Lord? " 

In the light of modern religious thought aud 
development, Korah and his associates were only 



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Feb. 12, 1883. 



on a higher plmie of religious experience. What 
good can grow out of this friDge and ribbon of 
blue in it? It is only an external, and we can be 
religious and servo the Lord without it. It is too 
much, altogether unnecessary, seeing the congre- 
gation all are holy, every one of them, and the 
Lord is among his people. How blind these lead- 
ers and teachers! Deep down in their hearts was 
the spirit of ambition, pride, and rebellion. It 
needed nothing greater than this command of the 
Lord, so little and insignificant in their estima- 
tion, to bring it to light; and the result was that 
the congregation of the children of Israel separat- 
ed themselves from these wicked persons, and 
"the earth opened her mouth and swallowed them 
up." 

The third example I shall adduce is recorded in 
the thirteenth chapter of John. It threatened 
serious consequences for the apostle, but terminat- 
ed happily for him bj T his acquiescence to the will 
of his Master. "Jesus knowing that the Father 
had given all things into his hands " (v. 3), — this 
shows that what he was about to do he received 
from God — " and that he was come from God, and 
went to God; he riseth from supper," (not from 
au empty table ) " and laid aside his garments; and 
took a towel, and girded himself. After that he 
poureth water into a basin, and began to wash 
the disciples' feet, and to wipe them witli the 
towel wherewith he was girded. Then comoth he 
to Simon Peter: and Peter saith unto him, Lord, 
dost thou wash my feet? " ( Pe l er was astonished 
and thought to correct his Master). " Jesus an- 
swered and said unto him, What I do thou know- 
est not now; but thou Bhalt know hereafter. Pet- 
er saith unto him, Thou shalt never wash my feet. 
Jesus answered him, If I wash thee not, thou 
hast no part with me." (No part with Jesus? 
Is this, then, a test of my diseipleship? Peter- 
changes his mind). "Simon Peter saith unto 
him, Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands 
and my head." (Peter was more than willing 
now to submit to this service. But his Lord had 
not included the hands and head in the rite, so he 
brought Peter back to the model, the original 
form whicli the Father had given into his hands). 
" Jesus saith to him, He that is waEhed needeth 
not save to wash his feet, but is clean every whit: 
and ye are clean but not all. For he knew who 
should betray him, therefore said he, Ye are not 
all clean." (If a literal cleansing was meant, the 
traitor's feet would have been clean). " So after 
he had washed their feet," ( this shows the Lord 
had now washed the feet of all )," and had taken 
his garments, and was set down again" (to the 
supper from whence he had arisen), " he said un- 
to them, Know ye what I have done to you? (They 
certainly knew the manner of the service, for all 
had seen, and all had received the washing of their 
feet. He now shows its import and necessity). 
" Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; 
for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Master, 
have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash 
one another's feet." (Feet-washing, then, is to be 
continued. The Lord transfers the work from 
himself to his disciples). " For I have given you 
an example, that ye should do as I have done to 
you." 

This example taken from the Gospel is con- 
clusive, that God is the same yesterday, to-day, 
and forever. The Gospel day is the day of grace, 
but judgment is only deferred. God haB appoint- 
ed a day in which he will judge the world in right- 
eousness. "He that rejecteth me, and receiveth 
not my words, hath one that judgeth him ; the 
word that I have spokeD, the same shall judge 
him in the last day." John 12: 43. Skeptics 
note, "my words" become the word, the ONE, 
the same that shall judge in the last day. 



THE LETTER AND THE SPIRIT. 

Can we have the letter without the spirit? Can 
we have the spirit without the letter? To the 
first we answer, Yes; to the latter, No. The more 
perfect the letter, the more perfect the spirit. 
The tendency of popular Christianity, in this age 
is, to accept the spirit and reject the letter, — to 
put away the outward ordinances of Christianity, 
and lay claim to au abundance of the spirit. But 
how do we get the spirit? If we are commanded 
to do a certain thiug,— and are able to do it,— can 
we refuse to literally do the act, and yet obey the 
spirit of it? It is argued that we can, and by 
such logic is the ordinance of feet-washing en- 
tirely passed by. 

There can be only one way of observing any 
ordinance rightly, and when performed that way 
there is no " extreme letter idea " attached to it. 
There is a "rotation" system in all of God's 
works. It is true of the physical as well as the 
spiritual world, hence there is no danger in our 
present system of rotation in feet-washing. 

All acts of obedience, — on man's part, — are 
voluntary. A man must hear the Word, believe it, 
repent and be baptized in order to get into God's 
church. There is no deviation from this rotation. 
Then he must obey the ordinances of the church, 
or he can not be a child of God. He must obey 
all those commands by rotation just as thousands 
of others have, keeping each one at the proper 
time and in its appointed place, and the mechan- 
ism is not going to militate against the spiritual 
blessings to be derived from their observance. 
There is a form of baptism. We are baptized, 
first, into the nime of the Father, second, into 
the name o: the Son, third, into the name of the 
Holy Ghost. We do not dare to vary it, or we 
break up the " rotation." 

There is a perfect form, if we desire to so call 
it, of washing feet. The system that would ex- 
clude any from obeying the command, can not be 

perfect one. Our generally-established order of 
one brother washing and wiping the feet of the 
brother next to him, can not be improved upon, 
nasmuch as it gives opportunity for every one to 
obey Christ's command, " Wash ye one another's 
feet," as all other systems or orders have failed 
to do. We fail to see the force of the objection 
etimes urged against it, that it is not in this 
way a voluntary action, but depends upon the 
brother's membership. 

Does he not voluntarily become a member of 
the church that practices it, and go voluntarily 
to the table, well knowing that he will engage in 
the work? As to the work depending upon his 
membership, suppose at a large communion only 
half dozen do the washing, would not 
their work equally depend upon their member- 
ship? Any argument urged against the " rotation 
em " in feet-washing, could, with equal pro- 
priety, be urged against the rotation system of re- 
ceiving the cup and loaf. If the system in one 
ought to be broken or varied, why not in the other ? 

" Abundant opportunity is given for as many as wish to do 
i [wash feet], and if there are those present who wish to do 
>, and the opportunity is not afforded, the desire before God 

quite as good as the act." 

Is there not something peculiar about this? 
The first thought expressed in it, " Opportunity is 
given to all who wish to wash," renders the second 
thought expressed, " If there are those present 
who wish to do so, and the opportunity is not af- 
forded," decidedly contradictory to the first. 
Both can not be true. We are inclined to believe 
that the first idea is erroneous, as we do not be- 
lieve that any of our brethren go to the blessed 
table of the Lord without a desire to obey all his 



commands. But suppose we did believe it, any 
argument founded upon it would simply be pre- 
sumptive, as we could not possibly prove it. 

But to the above two thoughts a third is added: 
" The desire before God is quite as good as the 
act." This is exactly the kind of false logic used 
by many professed Christians against washing 
feet at all. " Oh, I have the spirit to wash feet. 
It is to teach humility, and I am humble enough 
to do it, therefore 1 need not do it." This will no 
more do where the act is possible, than the desire 
to eat will satisfy hunger. The very fact that 
they can wash feet and don't do it, is proof posi- 
tive that they are not humble enough. 

There may be conditions in which it would be 
true. But if we are responsible for the conditions, 
it undoubtedly is not true. Suppose my friend is 
suffering and needs help. 1 say to him, " My 
friend, I am very sorry for you. I know you need 
help, and I have the spirit— the desire to get it 
for you." I am perfectly able to procure the help, 
but fail to do it, will the desire be taken for the 
act? But Buppose I am not able, and some one 
lias intentionally disabled me, where will the re- 
sponsibility rest? 

" If she have washed the saints' feet."— Paul to Timothy. 
" In our mind this reference to washing proves one of two 
things + ^ 3 that feet -washing is classed among the 
good works * * * or that the washing at that time was 
left to the voluntary choice of the members." 

If this be true, how are we going to reconcile 
her rejection, "if she hath not washed the saints' 
feet," with the assertion that " the desire before God 
is quite as good as the act." If this interpreta- 
tion of 1 Timothy 5: 10 be true, here seems to be 
at least one case in which the deBire would not be 
accepted for the act. 

It is always safe to obey God's commands. 
"Happy are ye if ye do these things," not "Hap- 
py are ye if ye desire to do these things." 

WHY NEED WE PRAY? 

BY J. H. HANSTINE. 

Is not praying a useless task? Doubtless a- 
great many good people will be shocked at this 
use of the work task. I believe, however, that I 
have worded the secret thoughts of some when I 
say, " Is not praying a useless task?" To many 
praying is an actual burden. The reason why 
men backslide, is because they stop praying. Per- 
sons have said to me, " I would make a start in 
the Christian life, if I were not afraid I would 
backslide as so many others do." My answer to 
them has been, " The one who will get upon his 
knees two or three times every day in sincere 
prayer to God, will never backslide. Only make 
sure to do that, and you need not fear a failure." 

Perhaps some one is saying: "Please tell us- 
what prayer is." The poet has given this defini- 
tion: 

" Prayer is the soul's sincere desire 
Unuttered or expressed." 

A little deaf and dumb girl was asked this ques- 
tion. She wrote, "Prayer is the wish of the 
heart." No doubt, that accorded with her ex- 
perience. Theologians have given many long defi- 
nitions of this word, but let me give the reader 
that will be easily understood, and easily 
remembered, " Prayer is talking with God." 

When friends talk to each other, they say all 
they desire or deem advisable, and so, when the 
humble, anxious soul comes to God, he reveals 
all there is in his heart in whatever language he 
can command. But, again, some one asks: " What 
is the use in praying?" I ask, What is the use 
of talking to a mother, a wife, or any one you 
love? Is it not a pleasure — a delight? So the 
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delight in communing with him. The poet has 
said: 

" Prayer Is appointed to convey, 
The blessings God designs to give." 

In other words, prayer is the channel through 
which blessings descend from the throne to the 
human heart, and who does not desire blessings 
from the throne? How, then, can prayer be a 
task, and how could any one think of ceaBing to 
pray? No wonder that the prayer-closet is 
precious to the old, experienced saint, for it is 
there that 



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While glory crowns the mercy seat." 

Even Christ seemed to think that there was use 
in prayer. Whenever there was special opposi- 
tion to Mb work, or whenever Bpecial wisdom waB 
needed, as in the organizing of the infant church, 
we read of Jesus retiring to some solitary place 
to hold communion with the Father. One of the 
uses of prayer is to give us wisdom. James says: 
" If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, 
.... and it shall be given him." We need 
wisdom to be able always to discern the right from 
the wrong " in the midst of a crooked and per- 
verse" world. 

Another use of prayer is, spiritual enlighten- 
ment. I believe that the one who prays the most, 
has the most revealed to him by the Spirit. A 
very illiterate pei-Bon, whose understanding of 
divine things seemed truly wonderful, was once 
asks: "By what means do you know all these 
things?" He simply answered: "The Spirit 
teaches me." 

Harry Moorhouse, the celebrated English " Boy 
Preacher " once said: "Since I began to be an 
evangelist, I have been a man of one book. If a 
text of Scripture troubles me, I ask another text 
to explain it; and if this will not answer, I carry 
it straight to the Lord." This is in accordance 
with the words of Jesus. The Holy Spirit "shall 
teach you all things," and " shall guide you into 
all truth." 

Again, prayer gives power. After Christ's all- 
night prayer in the mountain, and hia descent to 
the multitude gathered below, it is said, "There 
went virtue out of him and healed them all." 
Likewise the man that has been up in the mount 
with God, goes out among men with his soul all 
aglow with divine fire, as was the face of Moses, 
and men "take knowledge of him that he has been 
with Jesus." That man carries a. Christian in- 
fluence with him that others do not. 

Prayer gives power to the preacher's words. 
Bishop Janes could be heard in his library plead- 
ing with God long after the midnight hour. 
Livingstone, an English divine, prayed one whole 
night, and the following day, under his preaching, 
five hundred were converted. The apostles pray- 
ed ten days, and with the power thus received, one 
day's work resulted in the conversion of three 
thousand. 

Lastly, prayer begets soul-likeness with God. 
The more the soul communes with God, the more 
like him it becomes. It is a philosophic principle 
that " Man becomes assimilated [or similar] to 
the moral character of the object which he wor- 
ships." The apostle in 2 Cor. 3: 18 speaks of us 
being "changed into the same image." 

God desires that we be one with him (John 17: 
21) in mind, will and affections. To be in com- 
plete harmony with God, and to feel like God, 
even in a limited human sense, doubtless is a 
blissf ul experience, surpassing the power, of words 
to describe. 

In consideration of the foregoing, is it any 
wonder then, that prayer is a precious exercise to 



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love to engage in prayer on the dying bed. They 
have talked with God all through life; they ex- 
pect to see his face and talk with him in heaven, 
and now, as they are about to exchange the old 
tabernacle for the new one, the most triumphant 
prayer of their earthly career ascends to the 
throne. Think of Dr. Livingstone in the wilds of 
Africa, far from home and kindred, found dead 
upon his knees. No earthly friends were near, 
but it was enough to have a Friend on high. 

A WORD TO OUR MINISTERS. 

BY LANDON WEST. 



Dear brethren, please allow me to give a 
word, as to the faults that are seemingly among 
us, and should, by all means, be corrected. 

1. In reading or speaking always use a full and 
as easy a tone of voice as possible, but let the 
voice be natural. Never try to adopt a borrowed 
tone or style, either in word or gesture. Be your- 
self, for that is honest, bnt never try to bs some- 
body else. 

Do not speak fast. Try to adopt a slow style, 
and if you find yourself too fast, stop, lower the 
tone and begin again. Avoid by all means a siDg 
song tone; it is sound but not thought. People 
do not want the noise, but they want the ideas; 
they want thought. 

2. After reading and singing a hymn, do not go 
on to preach a sermon from the hymn after it is 
sung, but, if impressed with the sentiment of a 
hymn, a few remarks, yes, very few, might be 
given before it is suug that others might see and 
get its sentiment, but never give them afterward. 

3. In giving an exhortation be very brief. A few 
remarks, suited of course to the occasion, may be 
in place, but if you have nothing to say that is es- 
pecially suited to the occasion, say nothing but 
Let us pray. 

Many good meetings and many good sermons 
have beeu greatly injured by long and tedious ex- 
hortations, which were not suited to any occasion. 
I know of one case where the speaker iu his ex- 
hortation forgot himself and went on and spoke 
for one hour and a half without prayer. And I 
have frequently seen that speakers would exhort 
to prayer for ten and even twenty minutes, and 
then follow with a long prayer. It is not, and 
can not be, edifying to any, but is wearisome to 
all. After a sermon, long exhortations always 
injure, and Bometimes almost destroy the effects 
of a good sermon. Brethren, be sure to guard 
this point well. 

4. At prayer do not forget that you are now 
talking to God who seeth and knoweth what we 
have need of before we ask him. Again, do not 
forget that it is the creature, both weak and poor, 
that is trying to call upon its Creator. Do not try 
to tell the Lord everything in one prayer, but 
be brief, and speak to the point. Peter, when 
sinking in the sea, spoke to the point. So did 
the publican and the thief on the cross, and 
Elijah and Solomon, and laBt, but not least, so did 
our Noble Captain when closing his communion 
service, and also when in the garden on that 
memorable night. All were brief, and all spoke 
to the point. 

Do not pray to be heard of men, for the Lord 
iB just and he will not take, neither does he want 
that which is given to another. He will not take 
that which belongs to others, and is intended for 
them; he knows it is not for him. 

Do not repeat the Lord's name time and again, 
for it is vain repetition. It is needless, besides 
it lowers that name in the world's estimation as 



I was told of one minister who repeated the Lord's 
name forty.five times in one prayer, and one 
writer, Jones, I believe, speaks of one monk 
who bowed himself twelve hundred timeB in one 
service, and then went on bowing. While those, 
who kept tally, grew weary with their task of 
counting and ceased, the monk went on with his 
bowing. Such service is all vain and lifeless, and 
must be avoided by Christ's people. He has for- 
bidden it, and his lesson upon that topic should 
be sufficient to break the habit with any. 
(To be Continued). 

HAND-SHAKING. 

SELECTED BY ALICE QARBER. 

Hand-shakino is a power. The politician em- 
ploys it with effect to win votes. The devil's 
recruiting officers make free and constant use of 
it. The church only is chary in its employment. 
In the heartiness of their greetings, the saloons 
try to make it appear that the churches are cold, 
and have no cordial welcome for those who drop 
into their meetings. The result is that the sa- 
loons have gained, and the churches lost, many a 
promising, warm-hearted, socially-inclined yonng 
man. A warm grasp of the hand might have re- 
tained them. The cordial feeling is in the church. 
There is more real warmth in them than in the 
saloons, but the members have not been trained 
to show it. Let it be manifested. Organize a 
hand-shaking brigade, if necessary, of every 
member of the church. After meeting is over, 
don't Bhoot for the door as it you were glad to get 
out of such a place, but stop and be sociable. 
But dou't shake hands as a mere formality,— put 
your heart into it. 

A TOIIING MINISTRY. 

BY M. JI. ESHELMAN. 

Those who want support in any calling must 
work, and of all callings on earth, the distinctions 
between the indolent and the industrious, that 
ministers is the widest. Heaven has 
placed them on the same ground with other men. 
Preachers must be up early, study their lessons, 
go to their appointments whether the 6un shines, 
or through rain, snow wind, heat or cold, and 
when in meeting they must preach with the spirit 
sent down from heaven, no difference as to the 
audience, whether rich or poor, great or small. 
This they must do with a willing mind and cheer- 
ful heart. 

There must be no fretting, worrying, scolding — 
no pouting or shirking, but the preacher must 
strengthen, stir, inspire, arouse and thrill the 
souls of his hearers with the theme of the cross 
and Calvary. 

Let the preachers show themselves worthy by 
diligence, faithfulness, perseverance. He who 
expects to be wrapped in silks, satins, robes, 
gowns, receiving fine salaries, sporting kid gloves, 
a cane, a gold watch and jewelry, eating the fat of 
his flock from house to house, instead of "break- 
ing bread " with his members, and then preach 
one or two short sermons each Lord's Day, will 
eventually come to grief, and pierce himself 
through with many sorrows. 



the experienced Christian? No fault can be it lowers that name in the world's estimation as 
found when ho joyously sings: "Sweet hour of well aswith the ohurch. Dr. Clarke says: "It is the 
prayer, sweet hour pf-prayerl" God's children I resnlt of heathenism, hypocrisy or ignorance," 



The best things are nearest; breath in your 
nostrilB, light in your eyes, flowers at your feet, 
duties at your hand, the path of God just before 
you. Then do not grasp at the stars, but do life's 
plain common work as it cornea, certain that 
daily duties and daily bread are the sweet things 
of life," 



THE. GOSPEL MESSENGER. 



Feb. 12, 1889. 



CLOSE AND OPEN COMMUNION COMPARED. 

BY JOHN FORNEY. 

Communion in the Scriptural sense means, first, 
union in religious faith, and fellowship; second, a 
body of Christians hating one common faith and 
practice. 

We know that Christ taught his Heavenly Fa- 
ther's will, and he wants hia children to be united 
in faith and practice,— in the commands and or- 
dinances of the house of God,— hefore they can 
celebrate the communion of the body and blood 
of the Lord Jesus Christ, in the proper sense of 
the Gospel. We, as a body of believers, do teach 
and believe that no one is a proper communicant 
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